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Study finds designated smoking areas ineffective

The Washington Dulles International Airport is not only one of the busiest are transportation hubs in the United States, but it is also one of the smokiest. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, busy American airports that allow smoking in designated terminal areas register air pollution levels five times higher than completely smoke-free airports.

NewsChannel 8 reports that areas designated for smoking in the airport such as certain bars, restaurants and other rooms registered pollution levels 23 times higher than in smoke-free airports despite the installation of air pollution control technology such as high-end ventilation systems.

"The findings...further confirm that ventilated smoking rooms and designated smoking areas are not effective," Dr. Tim McAfee, the director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, told the news source.

Raised air pollution levels from smoking are a growing concern among travelers and homeowners. People who rent apartments or own condos in combined buildings may find smoke lingering from past tenants or coming from connecting ventilation shafts. Using a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air purifier can reduce the presence of fine particulate matter in a home.