Posts tagged: respiratory illness

Air pollution in the UK ‘killing 50,000 people a year’, warn MPs

Tweet Britain’s filthy air kills 50,000 people a year – more than obesity, passive smoking or traffic accidents, a damning report by MPs has said. Ministers have been rebuked for failing to tackle the lethal problem, risking millions of pounds in fines for failing to meet EU quality standards. MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee warned that climate-change targets were even exacerbating air pollution. The Government has encouraged peo ... Jump to full article >>

The science behind moving smoking bans outside

Tweet When, more than a decade ago now, smoking bans began to take effect around the world, researchers and public health officials feverishly collected data demonstrating the health benefits: lower levels of respiratory illness were reported among bar workers from Dublin to San Francisco after indoor smoking bans took effect, saliva tests revealed lower levels of nicotine concentration in hotel and restaurant workers once smokers were chucked ou ... Jump to full article >>

Island Health Authority hopes to reduce maternal smoking rate

Tweet Health officials hope new measures will help reduce the relatively high number of pregnant women who smoke on Vancouver Island. Health officials hope new measures will help reduce the relatively high number of pregnant women who smoke on Vancouver Island. The Vancouver Island Health Authority has noted a maternal smoking rate higher than the provincial average since at least 2001. In 2006-07, more than 16 per cent of births involved materna ... Jump to full article >>