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Johns Hopkins: Multi-Country Study: Many Airbnb Listings That Allow Smoking Lack Smoke Detectors

In a study that analyzed Airbnb listings across 17 countries, researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that less than half of the Airbnb venues that allow smoking are equipped with smoke detectors, while nearly two-thirds of Airbnb venues that do not allow smoking are equipped with smoke detectors.

The findings, published online February 22 in the journal Preventive Medicine, highlight the range of safety standards travelers might encounter in residential accommodations when they travel. Dr. Vanya Jones, assistant professor with the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, is the study’s lead author. Dr. Jones is on the faculty in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society.

For their study, the researchers analyzed data from 413,339 Airbnb venues in 43 international cities from Inside Airbnb, a website not affiliated with Airbnb that aggregates publicly available information about Airbnb listings posted by venue hosts. At the time of the study, Inside Airbnb was collecting data related to Airbnb listings in 43 cities in 17 countries and jurisdictions (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and the U.S.). Data were collected from venues in each city from July 17, 2015, to February 18, 2017.

The sample included 38,525 venues that allow smoking and 374,814 venues that do not allow smoking. According to the analysis, 46 percent of those that allow smoking had smoke detectors, whereas smoke detectors were present in 64 percent of those that do not allow smoking.

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