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Thank You for Not Smoking

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Posted on Nov 26, 2010
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There are 1.2 billion smokers in the world, according to the study.

In the first worldwide study of the effects of “passive smoking,” researchers at the World Health Organization have discovered that 600,000 people—a third of them children—die each year from secondhand smoke. —JCL

The BBC:

The first global study into the effects of passive smoking has found it causes 600,000 deaths every year.

One-third of those killed are children, often exposed to smoke at home, the World Health Organization (WHO) found.

The study, in 192 countries, found that passive smoking is particularly dangerous for children, said to be at higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome, pneumonia and asthma.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 28, 2010 at 10:53 am Link to this comment

Far be it for me to defend tobacco companies or inconsiderate smokers among us, but frankly, this article stinks.  Where’s the control group study? Where’s the mechanism?  Where do they allow for massive air pollution in nations like China that see pollution controls as “anti-production”?

The anti-smoker craze has caused many cities and towns to ban smoking in all public establishments, not even allowing special facilities.  Others go even further and ban smoking OUTDOORS, where one out-of-tune diesel bus alone tosses out more pollution than any 100 smokers.

Does the study control for any of that? Not it what I saw!  What are the REAL dangers of smoking (My father died of lung cancer, and smoked most of his life) and what are the phony, hysteria-induced ones?  You know, the ones cited by folks who see someone smoking outside, 100’ away and start fake-coughing.

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By PatrickHenry, November 27, 2010 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

After smoking is banned air pollution from factories is next.

How will corporate personage handle that?

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By DarthMiffy, November 27, 2010 at 5:10 am Link to this comment

I positively live for the day when JAPAN will ban all smoking from all commercial
establishments. So far I dare not venture into most coffee shops, bars, and
restaurants. Their loss in my revenue.

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By glider, November 27, 2010 at 12:46 am Link to this comment

While common sense should tell one not to expose children to day long indoor smoke this study sounds highly speculative.  The last 2 sentences which should be the first 2 sentences of this article sum it up.  A more worthwhile review would focus on these difficulties while still presenting the potential for harm among this group of ignorant people.

“Writing in…Lancet, Dr Heather Wipfli of the University of Southern California and colleagues, said: “There are well acknowledged uncertainties in estimates of disease burden” and “However, there can be no question that the 1.2bn smokers in the world are exposing billions of non-smokers to second-hand smoke, a disease-causing indoor air pollutant.”

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By ronjeremy, November 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment
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smoking is harmful and can kill you, yes.  however, there is no conceivable way to
conduct a study on second hand or passive smoking (or smoking for that matter)
and isolate every other variable.  the who supported the whole swine flu scam, did
they not?

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By TheBrix57, November 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment

This smells like someone may just be cooking the books a little bit as the CDC stated in 2005 that 400,000 people died just in the U.S. alone from second-hand smoke. Now, WHO is claiming 600,000 out of the 57,000,000 yearly estimated dead are dying from this second-hand smoke?
Isn’t WHO part of the same UN that claimed all the world’s glaciers would be gone by 2035?

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5425a1.htm

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By Neurogames, November 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment

I think governments should offer hypnosis C.D’s to those wanting to quit. I bought one recently and it worked wonders, these could be made at low cost and distributed easily. The issue is that the taxes raised from cigerretes is actuallty pretty helpful.

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