According to a study for the EU on smoking related deaths, “over 19,000 non-smoking adults die every year in Europe. This estimate only takes into account deaths from four diseases linked to passive smoking : coronary diseases, strokes, lung cancers and non malignant respiratory diseases…. These figures could be even higher if we took into account all age categories and all pathologies (including cancers, asthma attacks, pneumonia, bronchitis) but the study limits itself to adults exposed to passive smoking.”
It’s a shocking indictment of laws that allow the smoking of cigarettes in public places. Just 25% to 30% of the adult population of most Western style economies are smokers. Three times as many innocent non-smokers having to change their lifestyles by avoiding fun activities like socialising in pubs and restaurants unless they wish to go home smelling of smoke, and after having ingested over 4,000 foreign chemicals and 40 different carcinogens.
Europe owes a great debt of gratitude to the Irish though, as they banned smoking in all public places and show a 94% success rate. The Norwegians have also banned smoking, while the UK is introducing laws on the 1st of February that will finally allow non-smokers to go out for the night without waking up in the morning smelling like rotten kippers.
Considering we live in democracies (well, sort of, but that’s another issue) it is strange it has taken so long for the law to look after the health of the majority. Is this the beginning of the end of addicted smokers killing the innocent? One can only hope so.
More info can be found here on the EUs special website about the problem.