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STUDY REVEALS CONCLUSIVE PROOF OF THE DAMAGE TO NON-SMOKERS FROM SECOND HAND SMOKE

TESTS SHOW DAMAGE TO THEIR LUNGS SIMILAR TO THAT SEEN IN SMOKERS

cigtray2.jpegWhat has long been believed is now proven. Second hand smoke is dangerous to the lungs of the non-smoker and over time will cause many of the same problems as experienced by those who smoke.

Now maybe lawmakers will get serious about protecting non-smokers from those who smoke? One can only hope.

Here in California, smokers have become pariahs in recent years, rightfully banished from restaurants, bars, airports, public transit and most commercial buildings.

But this does not deter many smokers, who continue to light up whenever and wherever the mood strikes them. Perhaps if we as a society started to hold them personably liable for the damage that their addiction does to others, we would have a chance of getting a handle on this situation.

The other option is to tax cigarettes to the extent that they are out of the reach of all but the richest among us.
Then, perhaps, cigarettes would loose their attraction as symbols of independence and “maturity” to the young.

-LIB

MRI SCANS SHOW SECOND-HAND SMOKE DAMAGE TO LUNGS
One third of people who breathe in high levels of secondhand smoke have damage to their lungs similar to that seen in smokers, doctors reported on Monday.

They used a special kind of magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, scan to look at the lungs of non-smokers who had high exposure to other people’s cigarette smoke and found evidence of the kind of damage that causes emphysema.

“We interpreted those changes as early signs of lung damage, representing very mild forms of emphysema,” said Chengbo Wang, a magnetic resonance physicist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who led the study.

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Source: Reuters

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