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Table 5 Prevalence (%) of self-reported sensory and respiratory irritation symptoms, comparison of workforce studies

From: Health impacts of exposure to second hand smoke (SHS) amongst a highly exposed workforce: survey of London casino workers

Sensory and respiratory irritation symptoms London casino workers (all) n = 559 London casino workers (non smokers) n = 434 London casino workers (smokers) n = 125 Palmersheim et al, 2006, Wisconsin bar and restaurant workers** n = 230 Allwright et al, 2005, Ireland bar workers** n = 138 Eisner et al, 1998, California bar workers* n = 53 Wakefield et al, 2005 Victoria casino workers** n = 44 Farrelly et al, 2005, New York bar workers** n = 24
Sensory irritation symptoms         
Eyes red or irritated 66 70 52 70 41 42 66 67
Runny nose, sneezing or nose irritation 77 79 72 78 44 60 61 54
Sore or scratchy throat 66 69 54 61 33 25 52 42
Respiratory irritation symptoms         
Wheezing or whistling in the chest 38 38 38 31 21 32 20 21
Short of breath 47 47 44 41 16 19 23 17
Usually cough first thing in the morning 35 31 48 43 21 53 23 21
Cough at all during the rest of the day or night 61 59 64 52 38 49 30 29
Bring up any phlegm 44 43 49 53 43 53 25 21
  1. * 45% of the workers were current smokers but results were only presented jointly
  2. ** workers were non-tobacco users
  3. Studies were pre-ban in Ireland and New York