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Smoke-free spaces

Armony in health 31 May, 2017 Isabel Vallejo

Seeking out environments that are completely smoke-free is the best way to avoid problems with passive smoking.

In celebration of World No Tobacco Day, we emphasize the importance of this strategy, which can have a large impact on reducing the number of tobacco-related deaths around the world.

Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is smoke that is contained in common areas such as restaurants, offices or other indoor spaces, causing the smoke to be inhaled by all and exposing both smokers and nonsmokers to the health risks of tobacco. The goal is to have more smoke-free spaces and be more aware of the potential damage that cigarettes and any type of tobacco can have on people. This will help reduce its consumption and encourage its use outdoors and in separate areas.

According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), passive smoking causes 600,000 premature deaths a year. Tobacco smoke has more than 4,000 known chemicals; “…at least 250 of them are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer in humans.”

The WHO states that in adults, “…passive smoking causes serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer. In infants, it causes sudden death and in pregnant women, it causes low birth weight for their babies.”