Smoking data continues to build |

Smoking data continues to build

The scientific data continue to build in confirmation of the hazards of secondhand smoke. Ignore this peril at your own risk.Neither the Summit Daily nor the denizens of the Summit County zoo (the Goat, Snake River Saloon, Moose Jaw) should persist in calling for a plebiscite to consider reversal of Summit County’s enlightened ban on smoking in public places. Our Summit County Commissioners deserve our gratitude for holding the line. Smoking is not a constitutionally protected right. Protection of public health and welfare is a core responsibility of our government.The most recent study, published in the September 2004 peer-reviewed Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (James Repace, MSc) said smoke-filled establishments exposed workers and patrons to 4.6 times the acceptable federal upper limits for outdoor air pollution, resulting in 34 percent increase in risk for severe heart and lung disease and various cancers. This risk can not be lessened by ventilation, and places employees at much higher risk (20 fold) than that sustained by a toll taker on a busy east coast turnpike.

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