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Bartenders' Health Improves After Smoking Banned in Bars

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December 8, 1998, 4:00 PM EST

The respiratory health and lung function of bartenders improved after a California law prohibited smoking in bars, according to a study published in the December 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study was supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Dr. Gail Weinmann, a lung specialist with the NHLBI, is available to comment on the study and on the health benefits of a smoke-free environment. To arrange an interview with Dr. Weinmann, please call the NHLBI Communications Office at (301) 496-4236.

Background information on lung health and diseases is available on the NHLBI website: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov