Good News for Property Owners
Fighting Proposed Smoking Ban Ordinances
Global Air Filtration Systems Inc.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
"Industry press release informs the world that its air filtration equipment reduced secondhand smoke levels to 152 times safer than OSHA regulations require, in a renowned Environmental Health Department air quality test.
No further need for smoking bans.....thank you very much!"
More publications carrying the Global Air Filtration press release:
Int'l. Hotel Motel & Restaurant Show
And numerous other print media outlets.
Global Air Filtration Systems Inc. air cleaning equipment, tested by a renowned Environmental Health Department, removes secondhand smoke concentrations to levels 174 times safer than OSHA regulations require. This information is sure to make smoking bans obsolete.
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Excerpt below from: http://fightcityhall.net/_wsn/page2.html
"Environmental Health Department of St. Louis Park, Minnesota tests prove secondhand smoke in bars and restaurants is 150 times safer/lower than OSHA regulations. (Click to view OSHA limits for air contaminates)
Those results render any government argument that secondhand smoke is a public health issue, null & void once and for all.
0.0005g/cu. M. is the OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL) of nicotine (secondhand smoke)
0.0000033g/cu. M is the actual measured median level of nicotine (secondhand smoke) by St. Louis Park Environmental Health Department
Comparing the SLP test results to the OSHA (PEL) gives us the fact that the secondhand smoke in our bars / restaurants is 150 times safer than OSHA regulations.
IE. secondhand smoke is not a public health issue! And people can take measures to avoid smoke by not frequenting private establishments which allow smoking.
The OSHA safe PEL (Permissible Exposure Limit) for airborne nicotine is 0.5 milligrams/ cu. M or expressed in decimal form 0.0005 g/cu. M.. The city of St. Louis Parkís Environmental Health Dept. (MN) first tested Q1 2004 all itís bars & restaurants for nicotine in milligrams / cu. M, and results came in at 0 milligrams /cu. M., no health hazard.
So what they did next is indicative of what anti-smoking activists have always done to try to defend the indefensible; they lowered the bar. They decided to re-test Q3 2004 nicotine in micrograms / cu. M, (measure in concentrations 1000 times smaller) and received new test results ranging from 1-32 micrograms(ug)/cu. M. with the median result of 3.3ug /cu. M; as a decimal it is expressed as 0.000003.3 g/ cu. M. In other words the tested air quality for nicotine in bars & restaurants in St. Louis Park Minnesota was 150 times safer than OSHA guidelines.
(the second hand smoke in St. Louis Park, MN. bars & restaurants is of course no different than other bars & restaurants around the country or in any other country, for that matter)
UPDATE: some have said this test on nicotine concentrations means nothing because there are thousands of other chemicals in secondhand smoke. Yes, however, officials have informed me those other chemicals are in far too minute of a concentration in secondhand smoke to accurately measure, but if we could; we could then also compare them to OSHA (pel) for each substance arsenic, formaldehyde etc. the safety factor would be much greater than 150 times I'm certain.
Additional note: Nicotine is the only unique "trace" chemical in secondhand smoke. If you measured for formaldehyde, the carpet and other interior sources of formaldehyde would corrupt the test result. Benzene is given off from burning foods in the kitchen so again a false reading would be obtained. Therefore, nicotine is the ideal chemical to measure for in secondhand smoke. And then our comparison to OSHA guidelines is the logical manner in which to determine if secondhand smoke levels pose a health hazard.
One might ask why other states banned smoking if the readings are so insignificant? After all, the air quality with regard to nicotine in the median bar / restaurant in St. Louis Park was 150 times safer / lower than what OSHA's PEL on nicotine allows. The answer?... no other environmental health department ever tested, (or publicized) they simply believed the rhetoric and feelings spouted by the usual suspects. In fact once I caught wind of the testing going on in St. Louis Park I started to provide that information to Minneapolis, St. Paul, & Bloomington city councils; only to get an angry phone call from a St. Louis Park Environmental Health Department official, demanding I cease & desist. The explanation given was that a Bloomington city council member was unhappy about this information going public. (This council member was supportive of a ban at all costs).
Organizations such as the American Cancer Society , MPAAT, the American Lung Association., etc. and numerous "health" organizations with no proof, mind you, of any actual conclusive facts; but over $150,000,000.00 (paid by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with links to pharmaceutical nicotine products Nicotrol, Nicoderm, Nicoderm CQ etc.) to lobby local government councils & commissions, in favor of smoking bans to increase nicotine patch sales.
Though the information supplied to our lawmakers by these not for profit "health" organizations should be viewed as highly dubious, at best because their source of over $150,000,000.00 in grants & funding comes from RWJF the largest shareholder of Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company, RWJF owns $5,400,000,000.00 (billion) of J & J stock. J & J profits from sales of Nicotrol, Nicoderm, & Nicoderm CQ via its wholly owned subsidiary ALZA Corporation when smoking bans are passed.
After meeting with the city engineers in Eden Prairie, MN. a couple of years back and explaining the filtration method that our Smokeeter brand electro-static precipitator (ESP) systems worked on, they decided against a smoking ban. Smokeeter ESP systems with odor reducing carbon modules remove 99% harmful airborne particulate to 0.01 micron particle size, fiber filter air cleaners on the other hand, are only effective to 0.3 microns. Stanford Research Institute measured tobacco smoke and found that itís make-up is particle sizes ranging from 0.5 microns Ė 0.01 microns i.e. It will flow thru fiber filters like water, Smokeeter brand ESP therefore, is the ideal tobacco smoke removal filtration system..."