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ISSN : 1738-4125(Print)
ISSN : 2287-7509(Online)
Journal of Odor and Indoor Environment Vol.5 No.3 pp.229-244

실내금연법 실시가 실내환경, 건강, 흡연행태에 미치는 영향

이지연, 임완령, 김정윤, 손홍지, 임수길, 이기영*
서울대학교 보건대학원 환경보건학과

Impacts of Smoke-free Law on Indoor Environment, Health, Smoking Behavior

Kiyoung Lee*, Jiyeon Lee, Wanryung Lim, Joung Yoon Kim, Hongji Sohn, Soogil Lim
Dept. of Environmental Health, Graduate School of Public Health Seoul National University


Secondhand smoke (SHS) is one of major public health threats in morbidity and mortality. Several nationaland regional comprehensive smoke-free regulations have been implemented to prevent public healthexposure, but not in Korea. The purpose of this manuscript was to review impacts of the national or regionalsmoke-free legislations on indoor air quality, health effects and smoking behaviors. Indoor air quality hasbeen improved significantly after smoke free policy. Such improvement was measured by fine particulatesand urinary cotinine. Respiratory and cardiovascular health effects were significantly improved after smokefree policy. This is an indirect evidence of association between secondhand smoke exposure and the healtheffects. Respiratory symptoms were improved as short as one month after smoke free policy. Smoke freepolicy was also associated with improved perception of danger of secondhand smoke. Reduction of smokingprevalence was also unexpected benefit of smoke free policy. As reviewed in this paper, smoke free policycan be beneficial to indoor air quality, health effects and smoking behaviors. Since Korea does not havecomprehensive smoke free policy yet, it is strongly recommended to implement national comprehensivesmoke free policy.