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DRH raises alarm on second-hand tobacco smoke
DRH Executive Director, Dr John Kweku Kwawurah, has appeared on the Metro-TV Programme, The Morning Ride, to educate the public on the dangers of second-hand tobacco smoke. He has also called for a ban on smoking in public and workplaces to protect the health of non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke.
Explaining why smoking of tobacco in public and workplaces should be banned, Dr Kwawurah said apart from nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, second-hand tobacco smoke contains over 50 substances that are very harmful to the human body. Most of these toxins (carcinogens) are known to cause disease, disability and death.
Dr Kwawurah cited researches that indicate that second-hand smoke puts people at increased risk of death from lung cancer, heart disease and other diseases. He said more than 90 % of lung cancer deaths are due to cigarette smoke. Besides, every minute seven people die of tobacco use.
To protect public health, many states and local governments across the world have passed laws prohibiting smoking in public facilities such as schools, hospitals, airports, and bus terminals. Increasingly, state and local governments are also requiring private workplaces, including restaurants and bars, to be smoke free. He therefore called on the health and political authorities to muster the courage and move to ban smoking in public places in order to protect public health.
Updated: 5th February 2010