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Originally posted by Bulldog 52
Don't blame the Tobacco companies , i like their products, i know the risks and i am willing to take them. What i don't like is the people in Government taking away my freedom to do things i want. Do you want to live in a Big Brother state that controls every aspect of your life?
Originally posted by soapydodger
but there is so much inconsistent data on wether passive smoking harms. SO we dont know if it harms others or not.
Some of the immediate effects of passive smoking include eye irritation, headache, cough, sore throat, dizziness and nausea. Adults with asthma can experience a significant decline in lung function when exposed, while new cases of asthma may be induced in children whose parents smoke. Short term exposure to tobacco smoke also has a measurable effect on the heart in non-smokers. Just 30 minutes exposure is enough to reduce coronary blood flow.
Whilst the relative health risks from passive smoking are small in comparison with those from active smoking, because the diseases are common, the overall health impact is large. Professor Konrad Jamrozik, formerly of Imperial College London, has estimated that domestic exposure to secondhand smoke in the UK causes around 2,700 deaths in people aged 20-64 and a further 8,000 deaths a year among people aged 65 years or older. Exposure to secondhand smoke at work is estimated to cause the death of more than two employed persons per working day across the UK as a whole (617 deaths a year), including 54 deaths a year in the hospitality industry. This equates to about one-fifth of all deaths from secondhand smoke in the general population and up to half of such deaths among employees in the hospitality trades.
A series of studies have now shown that non-smoking wives are at increased risk of lung cancer from prolonged exposure to the smoke produced from the cigarettes of their husbands, if the husbands smoke. The greatest risk, approximately twice the normal low risk in non-smokers, comes from the exposure to husbands who smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day at home.
The July 1, 2005 HealthDay News reports on a recent study which found that exposure to secondhand smoke in the womb or during childhood substantially increases the risk of developing asthma and respiratory symptoms during adulthood.
Dr Enstrom and Professor Kabat declared they had received funding from the tobacco industry in recent years. They also acknowledged that their study had support from the dismantled Center for Indoor Air Research.
Last December an article in the British Medical Journal showed how the CIAR was used as cover for studies funded by tobacco companies aimed at rebutting claims hat passive smoking is harmful.
But whatever the criticism, the study is given scientific credibility by its publication in one of the world's most prestigious peer-reviewed journals, whose editor Richard Smith quit a professorship after Nottingham University accepted £3.8m of funding from British American Tobacco.
Several of the world's top scientists meeting for a conference in Miami, including a former U.S. Surgeon General, slammed what they called a tobacco industry-funded study that flies in the face of repeated research that documents the dangers of secondhand smoke.
"We are appalled that the tobacco industry has succeeded in giving visibility to a study with so many problems it literally failed to get a government grant,"