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Interesting Tobacco-Related Facts

In National News on May 4, 2009 at 7:39 am

Secondhand smoke has been linked to dementia. More research is needed on this topic, but it seems that people exposed to secondhand smoke may have an increased risk of cognitive impairment.

A study of 508 unionized workers in Minnesota found that a majority viewed secondhand smoke as a significant health risk in the workplace. They supported workplace cessation programs and restrictions on workplace tobacco use.

According to a study that followed bar workers in Scotland before and after a smoke-free workplace ordinance was passed, the workers reported significantly fewer respiratory and sensory symptoms one year after their working environment became smoke-free. These improvements were seen in both nonsmokers and in smokers. Findings indicate that smoke-free workplace legislation has important benefits for smokers as well as nonsmokers. All workers including hospitality workers are protected from secondhand smoke exposure and the negative health effects (this study highlighted short-term health effects, but long-term health effects should not be diminished or forgotten) by the smoke-free air legislation in Scotland.

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