Smokin' Tractor Stats
BBC News - Passive smoking 'kills 600,000' worldwide
The first global study into the effects of passive smoking has found it causes 600,000 deaths every year.
"This helps us understand the real toll of tobacco," said Armando Peruga, of the WHO's Tobacco-Free Initiative, who led the study.
The "first study"?
9 December 2009
BBC News - Passive smoking a 'global threat', WHO warns
Almost 95% of the world's population is not protected by laws banning smoking, the World Heath Organisation says.
In its second major report on the "tobacco epidemic", the UN agency said second-hand or passive smoking killed nearly 600,000 people each year.
So is this a new study which comes up with the same number as last year's study, even though this is "the first study" and last year's "the second"?
The 2009 report calling for more legislation references:
Öberg M et al. Global estimate of the burden of
disease from second-hand smoke. (unpublished)
Which now seems to have been published: http://www.who.int/quantifying_ehimpacts/publications/SHS.pdf
And after churning the numbers it makes the following four recommendations:
Recommendation 1: 100% smoke-free environments, not ventilation
Ventilation and smoking areas, whether separately ventilated from non-smoking areas or not, do not reduce exposure to a safe level of risk and are not recommended.
Second-hand tobacco smoke causes serious and fatal diseases in adults and children. There is no safe level of exposure to SHS.
Recommendation 2: Universal protection by law
Enact legislation requiring all indoor workplaces and public places to be 100% smoke-free environment.
The critical principle bearing on universal application of smoke-free legislation is the protection of human rights.
Recommendation 3: Proper implementation and adequate enforcement of the law
Investment in tobacco control is an explicit obligation under Article 26 of the WHO FCTC.
Costs for implementing smoke-free laws may include promotional campaigns to build support for the law, commissioning public opinion polls, educational materials on implementation, compliance monitoring systems, staffing a phone number to respond to public complaints and a temporary increase in the number of inspectors assigned to monitor initial implementation.
Recommendation 4: Public education to reduce SHS exposure in the home
Smoke-free workplaces result in lower levels of tobacco consumption among smokers and are associated with a greater likelihood of workers implementing smoke-free policies in their homes
Doesn't that make you want to just light up a big one and blow rings in their faces.