Missouri Workers Exceed National Average for Secondhand Smoke Exposure

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Nearly 12 percent of Missouri workers are exposed to secondhand smoke on their jobs, according a study published this week by the Center for Disease Control. That's nearly double the national average of around 7 percent.

The survey used data collected from all Missouri counties in 2007 and 2008. It found that rural white males and young African-American males were the most likely groups to be exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace. Per the study:
Overall exposure to secondhand smoke at work across Missouri is 11.5%. However, among young white men with low incomes and limited education living in small rural areas, 40% of nonsmokers and 56% of smokers may be exposed to secondhand smoke at work. On the basis of our model, the highest exposure category is smokers who were young black men making less than $15,000 a year with less than a high school education and living in isolated areas. This group has a 66% chance of being exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace. This same group with nonsmoking status would have a 50% chance of exposure based on our model.
Missouri is one of 27 states without a comprehensive smoke-free workplaces law.

H/T St. Louis Public Radio, which has more analysis of the study.


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torij
torij

I can't believe this data found, and had no idea that Missouri didn't have any laws prohibiting smoking in the workplace. Having a ban to not smoke in public places would shoreten deaths and sicknesses tremendously. Seconhand smoke is worse than the person actually smoking it. People should be able to go and do whatever they please without having to worry about inhaling smoke, it's not fair.

harleyrider1989
harleyrider1989

We’ve been told for years secondhand smoke is deadly dangerous but we are here alive and there are no deaths from it, not even close.It’s an exaggerated, created science all its own. It’s propaganda - fallacies created to have justifications for a new round of tobacco prohibition. I am for freedom, freedom for all people to have their own place in this world, including the smokers!Tobacco smoke maybe an irritant to some, but that’s about it. Its chemical makeup has been so exaggerated by tobacco control pundits, it’s insanity. Only 6 percent of tobacco smoke constitutes those 7,000 theorized and identified components of the smoke. Theorized is the word, since the claimed chemicals are themselves so small they can barely be detected. Nanograms, femtograms are the sizes of what can be detected so they theorize the rest. Four percent is carbon monoxide, while nearly 90 percent constitutes ordinary atmospheric air! These figures come from the surgeon general’s report in 1989.Oh the pundits may bring up benzene in tobacco smoke. The average cigarette produces roughly 300 micrograms of benzene (1986 report of the surgeon general. p.130) 0.3 micrograms - 300 nanograms.Benzene is normally found in fruits, fish, vegetables, nuts, dairy products, beverages and eggs. The National Cancer Institute estimates that an individual may safely ingest up to 250 micrograms in their food per day, every single day of the year.Thus, the “safe” exposure to benzene from one day of a normal diet is roughly equal to the exposure experienced by a nonsmoker sharing an airspace with smokers for over 750 hours.It’s a political movement and it was never about health....

Cbeam2
Cbeam2

In Missouri alone, exposure to second-hand smoke accounts for over 1,000 deaths a year...Further, there are over 7,000 chemicals in Second-hand smoke, 40 of which are determined by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health to cause cancer.There is also a difference between ingesting and inhaling, we're not talking about stomach cancer.

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