Statistics have showen that people who are "regularly
exposed to cigarette smoke in social situations" have
a "significantly increased risk of lung disease", which
is assessed at about 50%. These diseases do not include
lung cancer; what they are referring to is bronchitis,
emphysema, or even "respiratory congestion".
Also, the period of exposure that they mention seems to be
extremely high. The main concern with second-hand smoke
is for people who already have, or are predisposed to
Another fact that was interesting: The annual costs of
smoking (health costs and lost productivity)
exceed $100 billion in the United States alone.
If these figure
s don't scream
it at you, here's a brief
explanation. More than any of the other inflated estimate
s and twisted factoid
s, the second-hand smoke argument
is really without base
. This information
also does not consider
the other "poor
s" that the people who spend
5h every day
sitting in someone else's smoke cloud
s are making; people who have asthma
should know better too. (This is addressed at Why I hate smokers.)
on the impact
on the respiratory system
and city pollution
showed the increase
of lung disease to be comparable
to and even greater than
that of "second hand smoke". The idea
looks even more ridiculous
when you see that all of the "increased risks" for the other warn
ings are based on a lifetime
smoking. (For the real reason behind
all this propaganda
, see the last fact
in the <pre> above
If you drive a car, you are polluting my air.
If you use electricity, you are likely making use of a plant that burns fossil fuels, and polluting my air.
If you buy mass produced goods, you are making use of factories that are polluting my air.
could go on and on.
I'm no evironmentalist, but until you've fixed those behaviours that are fucking up my air quality, don't come bitching about the µgrams of my exhaled smoke you're breathing in.