June 27, 2006

Yep, Knew That

Surgeon general warns of secondhand smoke

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Breathing any amount of someone else's tobacco smoke harms nonsmokers, the surgeon general declared Tuesday - a strong condemnation of secondhand smoke that is sure to fuel nationwide efforts to ban smoking in public.

"The debate is over. The science is clear: Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance, but a serious health hazard," said U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona.
It's been about two years since I stopped visiting restaurants and other buildings where owners allow smoking. The only exceptions have been business related, and usually I luck out with trips to the east coast and don't have to make exceptions.

I think I've had one cold. My allergies are more manageable. I don't wheeze. So now I'm a zealot in good company. Carmona advises the general public "Stay away from smokers." It's reassuring.


Posted by hln at June 27, 2006 07:58 PM | Health | TrackBack
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