Indoor Air Quality
Five teams of three visited 25 hospitality establishments throughout the Augusta area in February 2011 to assess air quality. Trained volunteers used personal aerosol monitors to assess concentrations of respirable suspended particles, a measure of cigarette smoke. A clear correlation was found between the average number of burning cigarettes observed and the measure of suspended particles in the air.
Burning cigarettes were observed in 16 establishments, with a mean PM 2.5 (ug/m3) of 197.4.
No burning cigarettes were observed in 9 establishments, with a mean PM 2.5 (ug/m3) of 9.1.