Exposure to passive smoking among bar staff

Br J Addict. 1992 Jan;87(1):111-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.1992.tb01906.x.


The median saliva cotinine concentration in 42 non-smoking bar staff in central London and Birmingham was 7.95 ng/ml, indicating a nicotine intake of about 0.6 mg per day. Pubs appear to give rise to exceptionally heavy exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. Passive smoking in pubs is of concern for its impact both on customers and on those for whom the pub is a place of work.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cotinine / pharmacokinetics
  • Humans
  • Occupational Exposure*
  • Risk Factors
  • Saliva / metabolism
  • Social Environment*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / adverse effects*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution
  • Cotinine