Measuring indoor air quality of hookah lounges

Am J Public Health. 2012 Nov;102(11):2043-5. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300751. Epub 2012 Sep 20.


Many states have implemented smoke-free workplace laws to protect employees and customers from exposure to secondhand smoke. However, exemptions in these laws have allowed indoor tobacco smoking in hookah lounges to proliferate in recent years. To describe the amount of secondhand smoke in hookah lounges, we measured the indoor air quality of 10 hookah lounges in Oregon. Air quality measurements ranged from "unhealthy" to "hazardous" according to Environmental Protection Agency standards, indicating a potential health risk for patrons and employees.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution, Indoor* / adverse effects
  • Air Pollution, Indoor* / analysis
  • Air Pollution, Indoor* / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Oregon / epidemiology
  • Smoking / adverse effects*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / adverse effects
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / analysis


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution