It turns out that the St. Louis Park study I regularly cite............was to be heralded as a great achievement when it was cited by this online publication back in September 2004.
Secondhand Smoke Monitoring Seen as Alternative to Ban. The St. Paul Pioneer Press even did a story about it.....but as you'll note from the dead hyperlink in the story....the Nicoderm marketing department must have corrected the Pioneer Press on the position they were really supposed to have on the subject.
As the article points out:
"....The program gives advance notice to customers interested in dining in the non-smoking sections on how much nicotine they would inhale. According to Brian Hoffman, director of inspections for St. Louis Park, customers who think the level is too high can opt to go to another restaurant......"
And if you've followed Clearing the Air, you'll know that the St. Louis Park Environmental Health Department test results showed the secondhand smoke levels to be 500 - 15 times safer than OSHA guidelines for secondhand smoke. It's no wonder then that anti-smoking activists a.k.a Nicoderm marketing department want to bury information about this study.....it's hard to lobby for a smoking ban on the basis of health hazard when the city of St. Louis Park, MN. as well as the California EPA proved quite the opposite in their air quality testing.