How to live smoke-free
The way to limit your exposure to secondhand smoke is straightforward: Stay away from it and keep your children away from it whenever possible.
Although air conditioning may remove the visible smoke, it doesn't remove the hazardous particles. Those continue to hang in the air.
Here are a few specific pointers based on suggestions from the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Lung Association:
- Stop smoking. If you smoke, set a quit date and get prepared. In the meantime, don't smoke in your home, in your car, or around your children, ...or around anyone, for that matter.
- Don't allow smoking inside your home. Ask tobacco addicts to step outside to smoke.
- Choose a smoke-free facility to care for your children and pets. If you take your children to a child-care provider, choose one with a no-smoking policy.
- Don't allow smoking in your vehicle. If someone must smoke during a trip, stop at a rest stop for a smoke break outside the car.
- Limit exposure at work. If people are still allowed to smoke in your workplace, ask your employers or union to limit or prohibit indoor smoking. Encourage smoking-cessation programs to help your co-workers end their dependence.
- Patronize businesses with no-smoking policies. Support with your business restaurants and other establishments that have no-smoking policies. When you have to share a room with people who are smoking, sit as far away from them as possible.
- Let your voice be heard. Encourage your government officials to adopt or strengthen local smoking-control ordinances.
Even if you don't smoke, secondhand smoke still can harm your health. Take steps to protect yourself from its dangers.
Note: Ventilations systems and air cleaners don't work and they won't protect you from Secondhand Smoke.
The issue is not a ban on people smoking, it is one of requiring them to exercise responsibility in choosing where they do it. There is nothing new about this type of legislation.
For example people who burn solid fuel are required to use smokeless products;
car drivers are required to limit dangerous exhaust emissions;
farmers are required to limit aerial poisoning from crop spraying;
industrial units are required to limit the amount of pollutants they discharge into the air and rivers etc.
Such necessary restrictions have been enacted in the public interest and they are gradually succeeding in allowing us all to breathe cleaner and healthier air.
Let's add airborne nicotine poisoning to the list.