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I thought Numberwatchers might be interested in this offering from the BBC about a new government television advertising campaign about the alleged dangers of secondhand smoke:
A few choice excerpts from the article:
'The TV and radio adverts show how pervasive invisible second-hand smoke can be.
'Breathing it in can damage lungs and cause cancers, research has shown.
'Another advert depicts children in a car breathing in second-hand smoke from their father's cigarette. He is smoking in the driver's seat with the window down.
'This smoke can put other people and children at increased risk of lung disease, meningitis and cot death.
'Prof Dame Sally Davies, England's chief medical officer, said second-hand smoke could cause a range of health problems.
'"Smoking damages our lungs, causes cancers and is now the biggest risk for cot death. Parents who smoke need to think about the effect it has on their family.
'"Giving up smoking or making sure you have a completely smokefree home and car is the only way to protect your family."
'Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), said: "There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke and children are at risk of a range of diseases such as [...] potentially fatal meningitis as a result of breathing in second-hand smoke in the home or car."'
Which smokers smoke in the car with the window up? I have been in a car with several smokers, and all of them have rolled the window down to smoke.
The BBC are the main purveyors of junkscience in the UK. They also take great delight in any smoking related misinformation or propaganda.
Even though our political classes and the PC mob have managed to convince themselves that second hand smoke is dangerous, there has never been any evidence of such. I repeat never.
If such a danger ever existed then a whole generation of us who grew up in the 1950’s would be crippled by it. We are not. In fact those of us who grew up in a world that smoked, ate loads of fatty foods, didn’t have central heating and had coal fires are currently breaking the longevity records.
According to current thinking in the junkscience fraternity we should all be dead.
"There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke and children are at risk of a range of diseases such as [...] potentially fatal meningitis as a result of breathing in second-hand smoke in the home or car."'
Total idiocy, there are NO viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites to be found in SHS.
Meningitis is usually caused by infection from viruses or microorganisms. Most cases are due to infection with viruses, with bacteria, fungi, and parasites being the next most common causes