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Thursday, June 29, 2006

....Reason's Jacob Sullum disputes the surgeon general's report on secondhand smoke here and here:

"Because the doses absorbed by non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke are much smaller than those absorbed by smokers, any health risks would be so small that it is difficult to confirm them in studies comparing, say, the spouses of smokers with the spouses of non-smokers. The weak, statistically insignificant associations typically found in such studies are consistent with a low-level risk.....

"Whether secondhand smoke is a health hazard or merely a nuisance, people who want to avoid it can do so by avoiding businesses that allow smoking. A free society that respects diversity should make room for people with different preferences."

I'm not a cigarette smoker, but I'm never bothered by people smoking in my presence. I've never figured out how secondhand smoke is so dangerous when "firsthand" smoke doesn't even kill everyone. Look around and you see a lot of geriatrics still puffing away.


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