WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri February 3, 2012
Study Says Air Quality in Bowling Green has Improved
A new study indicates that air quality in Bowling Green Hospitality venues has improved since a smoke-free ordinance took effect last spring. The new study, which was funded by the Kentucky Cancer Consortium and the Barren River Area Health Department, found an 83 percent decline in indoor air pollution since the smoke-free ordinance was established.
Ten hospitality venues were monitored in the study, using a device called a TSI Sidepak. That device monitored air quality every sixty seconds in the venues included in the report.
Hilarie Sidney, Indoor Air Quality Coordinator with the Kentucky Center for Smoke Free Policy, says its clear that indoor air quality has improved in Bowling Green. Pediatrician Dr. Rick Voakes says the general public is now gaining a better understanding of the dangers associated with second hand smoke.