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Smokers are smoked out by Surgeon General Report (June 2006)

This is going to create alot more anti-smoking legislation.
I guess the tobacco lobbyists finally ran out their hush funds
of bribe money ... glen

Surgeon general: No safe level of secondhand smoke

Tuesday, June 27, 2006; Posted: 12:37 p.m. EDT (16:37 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Separate smoking sections don't cut it: Only smoke-free buildings and public places truly protect nonsmokers from the hazards of breathing in other people's tobacco smoke, says a long-awaited surgeon general's report.

Some 126 million nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke, what U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona repeatedly calls "involuntary smoking" that puts people at increased risk of death from lung cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.

Moreover, there is no risk-free level of exposure to someone else's drifting smoke, declares the report issued Tuesday -- a conclusion sure to fuel already growing efforts at public smoking bans nationwide. Fourteen states have passed what are considered comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws, those that include restaurants and bars. (Watch surgeon general describe risk -- 3:1

But the surgeon general is especially concerned about young children who can't escape their parents' addiction in search of cleaner air: Just over one in five children is exposed to secondhand smoke at home, where workplace bans don't reach. Those children are at increased risk of SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome; lung infections such as pneumonia; ear infections; and more severe asthma.

"The debate is over. The science is clear. Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance but a serious health hazard," Carmona said.

He implored parents especially to smoke outside if they can't quit, or while they're trying to quit, so that they don't endanger their children whose bodies are especially vulnerable to smoke's toxic substances. Read

For everyone else, "stay away from smokers," Carmona said.

The report won't surprise doctors. It isn't a new study but a compilation of the best research on secondhand smoke, the most comprehensive federal probe since the last surgeon general's report on the topic in 1986, which declared secondhand smoke a cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers.

Since then, numerous other health agencies have linked to secondhand smoke to heart disease and other illnesses. Earlier this year, California health officials estimated that secondhand smoke kills about 3,400 nonsmoking Americans annually from lung cancer, 46,000 from heart disease, and 430 from SIDS.

The new surgeon general's report doesn't retally the deaths, but it cites that toll.

The tobacco industry and some businesses, particularly restaurant and bar owners concerned about loss of smoking customers, have challenged some of the broadest public smoking bans in cities and states.

The new report gives new scientific ammunition against those challenges, said Matthew Myers of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

"There is no longer a scientific controversy that secondhand smoke is a killer," he said. The report "eliminates any excuse from any state or city for taking halfway measures to restrict smoking, or permitting smoking in any indoor workplace."

Among other findings:

# Separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air and ventilation systems don't eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.

# There is good evidence that comprehensive smoking bans, such as those in New York City and Boston, don't economically hurt the hospitality industry.

# Workplace smoking restrictions not only reduce secondhand smoke but also discourage active smoking by employees.

# Secondhand smoke can act on the arteries so quickly that even a brief pass through someone else's smoke can endanger people at high risk of heart disease. Don't ever smoke around a sick relative, Carmona advised

# Living with a smoker increases a nonsmoker's risk of lung cancer and heart disease by up to 30 percent.

# There isn't proof that secondhand smoke causes breast cancer, although the evidence is suggestive. California earlier this year cited that link in becoming the first state to declare secondhand smoke a toxic air pollutant.

# On the plus side, blood measurements of a nicotine byproduct show that exposure to secondhand smoke has decreased. Levels dropped by 75 percent in adults and 68 percent in children between the early 1990s and 2002. However, not only has children's exposure declined less rapidly, but levels of that byproduct among children are more than twice as high as in nonsmoking adults.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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Re: Smokers are smoked out by Surgeon General Report (June 2006)

Crikey !!! glad I gave it up now !!!

cigars dont count though... do they
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Wow this is going to create a stir.

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I think it's great (and about time) Why should I have to sit and smell someone else's smoke. Ever try eating while someones smoking and it's all drifting your way? I swear it never fails. If even only one person is smoking in the place, it ALWAYS seems to find me

I will say that smokers (for the most part) have become more cognant and far less rude nowadays.

I have a friend that grew up with two smoking parents. And they smoked a lot. I remember being a kid and hated the smell in that house. He always used to complain about it too. Now one of the parents is on the death bad with cancer and the other not far behind and my friend, their son (who never smoked a day in his life) has lung cancer as well

What you do is your business, but keep it away from us non-smokers please. We don't wanna smell / breathe it

It's not OUR habit!
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^ that's a sad history JJEMMER...Jesus...I'm shocked

My father has been smoking since he was 16...now he is 60....Lets see what happens, he coughs a lot...I'm a little scared with this situation...

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You're right jim,smoke ALWAYS seems to drift to the non-smoker!! And if you get up and move,it follows you where-ever you go!!!!!!!!!
I find all too many smokers are too arrogant.They think because they smoke we should put up with it and suffer coz it's their rite to smoke!!
It's about time something was done
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Seattle recently made it into law that smokers must smoke 30 feet away from public buildings. I think it's worse now because everytime I take a walk on my work breaks in downtown, I am walking around the smell of cigarettes now!


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LOL I think they do count. Cigars have way more nicotine in them than most cigarettes. Depends on size, how you smoke, inhale, etc. I think cigars smell worse than cigarettes!
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Is it just me or do people that smoke cigars seem to do them a lot less than those who smoke cigarettes? From the few cigar smoker's ive known, it certainly seems that way.

I think its great that they're going to pass this legislation - decreasing the options to smoke will also decrease the amount of smokers and smokers-to-be. My uncle quit recently and my aunt is on her way (hopefully) and I it was a lot nicer that they didn't have to leave now and then to light up, plus its a ton healthier
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I remember us having a rather heated debate about this couple of years ago and so much has changed since then - it's scarry.

Out of my 3 closest mates, 2 have been smokers forever which pretty much dictated where we went for our Fridays lads night out thing but both of them have given up smoking and now we hang out at non-smoking dives.
The only thing is the non-smoking pubs in Reading as a general rule are also the least expensive (The Weatherspoon Group) which attracts the most hardcore drinkers but it's not that bad.

Another thing that's happened is our very own Rich, the most avid smoking rights defender has given up (if he's stuck with it) and most smokers want to quit smoking so making it more difficult to smoke definately gives them more of an incentive to try and quit.

I just want to say good luck to all of you who want to quit and while you're struggling with it/cutting back please try and be considerate and avoid smoking around your non-smoking friends.

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Re: Smokers are smoked out by Surgeon General Report (June 2006)

In a recent "help wanted" ad in a local newspaper, I found a job offering from the City of Port Huron (Michigan,) which required the applicants to be "non-smokers." IMHO, this is going a bit too far. I could understand preventing someone from smoking on or around the job, but denying them employment because of a smoking addiction is wrong.
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You're right jim,smoke ALWAYS seems to drift to the non-smoker!! And if you get up and move,it follows you where-ever you go!!!!!!!!!
I find all too many smokers are too arrogant.They think because they smoke we should put up with it and suffer coz it's their rite to smoke!!
It's about time something was done
Damn right.

Over here, apparently it's a "Working-class priviledge"

I wouldn't mind if they just weren't as damn arrogant about it. I mean, if there was non-smoking rooms and smoking rooms then that'd be fine IMHO, but you're always going to get the people that don't give an F and just do it wherever they feel.

Because of where I live (a pub) we have guest rooms I'm forever having to smell the damn stuff because of people smoking outside my room and doesn't half infuriate me when I'm eating.

But there again, who the hell is going to be able to afford them soon? Crack will be cheaper!
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Another thing that's happened is our very own Rich, the most avid smoking rights defender has given up...
did he? great Rich!
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did he? great Rich!
anyone who gives up stays a smoker for the rest of their lives.....
I remember all too well the trauma of giving up a 40 a day habit and would never smoke again if only for that reason...

here in the UK, more and more pubs are voluntarily going "smoke free"
one of the real "locals" (read - rough pubs) recently banned smoking and refurbished the place and cleaned top to bottom... then they put a bouncy castle in the back garden....

now its a #1 spot for families to go watch the football or rugby etc...

I love it, you dont have to come home stinkin of secondhand smoke - awesome.
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Im waiting for it to be banned around here. I dont want to walk through a group of smokers just to get OUT of a place. Seriously, I couldnt get out of the store. One of the moron smokers was walking around RIGHT outside the door and I couldnt open it untill he wandered away from it. NExt time I'll just kick the door out into him and tell him of the law saying you cant smoke that close to the entrance of a building.
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Around here you cannot smoke in any public building. That includes bars, resterants, etc... Not smoking rooms either. It's nice to be able to go to a bar and not have all that smoke hanging in the air.
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