New research commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency has revealed that smoking in the home may be causing as many fatalities as road traffic collisions.
The research entitled ‘Indoor Air Pollution’ shows that the concentration of dangerous particulates in the air of the homes of smokers who smoke inside is six time higher than the World Health Organisation’s recommendation for outdoor air quality.
Researchers from NUI Galway and staff at the University of Aberdeen, Institute of Occupational Medicine Edinburgh and University of Birmingham concluded that it was important to look at the policy and health implications surrounding smoking in private homes.
Smoking at home created much higher levels of air pollutants, with particulate pollution up to seventeen times that levels found outdoors which could provide problems for vulnerable people exposed to them such as children.
With the dangers of smoking inside being highlighted once again, it is becoming important for smokers to realise the risks they could be posing to others as well as themselves. With unpredictable British weather causing unpleasant conditions for smokers most of the year, outdoor smoking doesn’t appear all that inviting when it isn’t enforced.
With more and more smoking laws coming into force, smokers are finding more and more reasons to give up smoking once and for all. Many are now turning to electronic cigarettes instead, as they are still able to satisfy the nicotine craving, while only emitting water vapour to the air.
The electronic cigarette looks and feels like a traditional tobacco cigarette, but contains none of the harmful tobacco that emits dangerous toxins and chemicals into the air. Because of this, the electronic cigarette can be smoked inside.
With harsh freezing winters and rainy summers, why let your tobacco force you outside into the elements?