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Smoke-free work place better than taxation say Researchers Smoking kills is no longer a myth Scientific research has also shown that those who dont smoke can get ill and die from effects of tobacco smoke A team of researchers led by Professor SA Glantz from the Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California San Francisco has reviewed several scientific studies on effects of smoke-free work places on smoking behaviour They concluded that Smoke-free workplaces not only protect non-smokers from the dangers of breathing in other peoples smoke such places if enforced also encourage smokers to quit or reduce consumption Their research was published in the July 27th 2002 issue of the British Medical Journal They found that implementing smoke free work places led to 4 out of every 100 smokers reducing the amount they smoked The reviewers looked at effectiveness of various means of containing the problem of smoking in the population They compared effectiveness of totally smoke-free workplaces versus smoke-free areas effects of legislation including increasing taxes and effects of smoke-free workplaces and clean air legislation on teenagers People are increasingly insisting on a healthy environment and clean air Forward-looking businesses are already providing it for both their customers and staff Public attitudes towards smoking have changed a lot over the last two decades Smoke-filled buses trains and cinemas are a fading memory Businesses that fail to recognise this will increasingly find customers voting with their feet The vast majority of people agree that smoking should be restricted in public places But what of work places Can organisations save non-smokers from the smoke of those who chose to smoke These are pertinent questions begging for answers The problem with smoking in workplaces appears to be that those who dont smoke breathe in smoke produced by smokers passive smoking By passive smoking nonsmokers inhale the toxic waste of tobacco emitted from the combination of tobacco
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