​Secondhand Smoke In Airports

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December 5, 2012

A recent study on secondhand smoke from designated smoking areas in airports have five times the air pollution than airports that are completely smoke-free, according to the Smoking Prohibition website.

The study was done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which focused on five airports including Hartsfield-Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Denver, Washington-Dulles, and McCarran.

These airports offer designated smoking areas to the public consisted of restaurants, ventilated smoking rooms, and bars. Air pollution levels inside the smoking areas were 23 times greater than rates in smoke-free airports, according to the results. In fact, 15 percent of all air travel in the United States happens at these five airports, totaling 110 million passenger boardings.

“The findings in today’s report further confirm that ventilated smoking rooms and designated smoking areas are not effective. Prohibiting smoking in all indoor areas is the only effective way to fully eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke,” Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, said in a statement.

With so many facts coming out about why smoking is bad and secondhand smoke, many airports have decided to ban all cigarettes, pipes, and cigars. Tobacco products sold in airports are also getting banned.

The recent CDC report suggests that the only way to clean the air in airports is to consider a smoke-free environment where smoking tobacco is prohibited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

However, despite all the changes, there is still no federal policy to force public airports to ban tobacco use.

The latest facts about tobacco is also quite disturbing. Studies show that cigarettes contain about 4,000 deadly chemicals. About 50 of these chemicals and poisons cause cancer.