By Dave Kiffer
July 18, 2007
Public health officials have concluded that secondhand smoke from cigarettes causes disease, including lung cancer and heart disease, in non-smoking adults, as well as causes conditions in children such as asthma, respiratory infections, cough, wheeze, otitis media (middle ear infection) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In addition, public health officials have concluded that secondhand smoke can exacerbate adult asthma and cause eye, throat and nasal irritation.
PM USA believes that the public should be guided by the conclusions of public health officials regarding the health effects of secondhand smoke in deciding whether to be in places where secondhand smoke is present, or if they are smokers, when and where to smoke around others. Particular care should be exercised where children are concerned, and adults should avoid smoking around them.
We also believe that the conclusions
of public health officials concerning environmental tobacco smoke
are sufficient to warrant measures that regulate smoking in public
places. We also believe that where smoking is permitted, the
government should require the posting of warning notices that
communicate public health officials' conclusions that secondhand
smoke causes disease in non-smokers. "
Received July 17, 2007 - Published July 18, 2007
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