Prevention of Work-related Asthma: Study Search

Prevention LevelPrimary
AuthorSchoj V
Study Year2010
CountryArgentina
Molecular Weight of AgentLMW
Agent CategorySmoke
Specific AgentSecond hand smoke
Occupation Bar and restaurant workers
Outcome/DiagnosisRespiratory and sensory irritation symptoms and respiratory function
Activity Intervention Removal from exposure to second hand smoke (3 months).
Participation Rate80 of 198 (40%) non-smoking bar and restaurant workers.
Intervention EffectivenessChanges in bar and restaurant workers from pre-legislation to 3 months after the new legislation bans smoking in these worksites:
1.Respiratory and Sensory irritation symptoms
a.Respiratory symptoms reduced from 57.5% to 28.7% (p<0.001).
b.Cough, wakes during sleep due to cough, tightness in chest, dyspnoea on exertion and rest were statistical significantly declined from 20.2%, 31.6%, 17.5%, 41.2%, and 21.2% to 7.1%, 8.8%, 7.5%, 16.2%, and 5%, respectively.
c.Sensory irritation symptoms on at least one symptom, red eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throat were decreased from 86.3%, 58%, 58.2%, and 53.1% to 37.5%, 20%, 26.2%, and 17.7%, respectively.
2.Pulmonary function
a.FVC significantly improved from 88% to 96%.
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