By Vidya Krishnan
New Delhi, India
The study, conducted by Johns Hopkins University on behalf of the Health Ministry, was started in March 2009.
"Air nicotine meters were placed in public buildings after the nationwide r smoking ban came into place to gauge the nicotine levels and its effects on passive smokers," said Dr R P Vashisht, head of Delhi Health Department’s anti–smoking cell.
Officials said 138 air monitors were placed in restaurants, schools, entertainment venues and government offices across 33 building in Delhi.
"Though the findings have not been made public, we were informed by the Union Health Ministry that Delhi had fared well in the comparative study.
This is a result of our determined efforts to make Delhi smoke–free before the Commonwealth Games," said Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia.
While traces of nicotine were found at all places, hospitals and schools surprisingly had a higher presence than restaurants. "The study mentions that nicotine levels present in Delhi schools is higher than in Latin American schools," added Dr Vashisht.