Study Shows Air Quality In Lexington Bingo Halls Unsafe

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

A new study by the University of Kentucky says Lexington bingo halls are unsafe due to secondhand smoke.

Five bingo halls in Lexington were tested in the study. Researchers found that indoor air pollution in the halls was 6.8 times higher than the national air quality standard for outdoor air.

Pollution levels were also 13 times higher in the bingo halls than in venues in Lexington that are smoke-free. The study's author says this shows those who play bingo are exposing themselves to dangerous toxins.

Ellen Hahn, a Professor at U.K. College of Nursing says, "What people don't realize is when air pollution is 35 micrograms per cubic meter, the EPA would come to Lexington to shut down our manufacturing facilities. And on a typical day, we're about 16 or 17 outside so in our bingo halls, we're greatly higher than that, 7 times higher than that."

The results of this study will likely be used in the ongoing debate as to whether bingo halls and the high school booster clubs, that raise money at the halls, should be exempt from Lexington's non-smoking ordinances.

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  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jul 13, 2008 at 03:53 PM
    Andy in Pikeville - Openning widows? Is what you typed a sentence? Wow...
  • by anonymous Location: Lexington on Jul 13, 2008 at 06:55 AM
    I am glad they came out with something b/c a lot of these school organizations will make you and your child work rather than donate the money. Years ago a parent wanted to donate the money for her daughter NOT to work the bingo for a local high school cheering squad that has won many championships and they told her the girl was required to work it and that was not an option.
  • by Winston Location: Salem on Jul 12, 2008 at 02:25 PM
    You say potato, I say yo momma.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jul 12, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    Earwig of Prestonsburg, you question others mentality; I would suggest they question your morality.
  • by Andy Location: Pikeville on Jul 12, 2008 at 05:12 AM
    Did you ever hear of openning a widow.thats all we need is more something for nothing Democrats ,with thier nose's stuck up our rumps.
  • by Earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Jul 11, 2008 at 10:07 PM
    The mentality that it takes to know that a smoky room is dangerous to your health is about the same mentality it takes to play bingo.
  • by N/A Location: KnottCo. on Jul 11, 2008 at 11:58 AM
    What a waste of money. Maybe the next study should be about "common sense". Do the people that come up with a study such as this one have nothing better to do?
  • by Mike Salem on Jul 11, 2008 at 06:30 AM
    Hey Joe Camel - Iron - a type of metal. Iorn - not found in the dictionary...LOL!
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Jul 11, 2008 at 04:36 AM
    The air in New York city and LA is polluted too. Why don't they shut these cities down? When all the facists wipe out smoking, maybe they can start on this!!
  • by Joe Camel Location: Iorn LUNG on Jul 11, 2008 at 03:48 AM
    Waist, the place where your belt goes. Waste, using something in an unwise manner.
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