Is passive smoking a problem?
The first global study into the effects of passive smoking has found it causes 600,000 deaths worldwide every year. Should more be done to stop people smoking in public places?
The World Health Organization (WHO) carried out the study which blames one in one hundred deaths on passive smoking which can also cause heart disease, respiratory illness and lung cancer.
According to the study, passive smoking is particularly dangerous for children, as children exposed to second-hand smoke are at a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome, pneumonia and asthma. One third of those killed were found to be children, who are often exposed to smoke at home.
Are you a smoker, do you worry about people passive smoking around you? Have you stopped smoking or do you only smoke in certain places as a result? How big a problem is passive smoke? Is enough being done to protect adults and children from second-hand smoke in your country?
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