No Smoking Please!!!!!!  

Friday, October 17, 2008

This year, on his birthday, Gandhiji would have felt happy for viewing a "Smokers-free" public places in India. After 61 years of freedom we have proved that nothing is an unachievable dream for an Indian.

Hats off to Dr Anbumani Ramadoss for achieving such a valuable supreme court order, which can save millions of lives from cancer.Some call him a passionate activist, crusading against health hazards, while others allege he is publicity hungry and wastes time on trivial matters. He has been a threat to the film actors, desist from showing smoking & drinking scenes from movies.

Research has generated evidence that secondhand smoke causes the same problems as direct smoking, including lung cancer, cardiovascular disease and lung ailments such as emphysema, bronchitis and asthma.Specifically, meta-analyses show that lifelong non-smokers with partners who smoke in the home have a 20–30% greater risk of lung cancer than non-smokers who live with non-smokers. Non-smokers exposed to cigarette smoke in the workplace have an increased lung cancer risk of 16–19%.

Now lets look into the world who were all ahead of us in this smoking ban,

1973 - Arizona was the first state in US to pass a law restricting smoking in public places.

1994 - California (Workplace smoking ban)

1998 - California (Complete smoking ban in enclosed spaces)

2002 - Part of Florida

2003 - Newyork(Except cigar bars)

2004 - Ireland

2005 - Washington (25feet public buildings and workplace), Italy

2006 -07 - UK

2008(Jan) - France

A 2007 study of the effect of the ban in Scotland showed that there was 17% year-on-year drop in heart attack admissions since the ban was introduced in March 2006.

Enjoy a Smokers free public and have a proud feeling that we have seeded a healthy environment for our next generation.....Vande Mataram

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