by Jeff Strydom

Study backs Health Minister

Recent study on smoking backs the decion to ban

Smoking in public spaces
Outdoor smoking banned

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi’s proposed regulation that would ban smoking in outdoor eating areas has been given a boost by a study that has found harmful levels of second-hand smoke in outside smoking areas.

For years many have proclaimed the damaging effects of second hand smoke to not only non-smokers but also to pregnant and lactating mothers.

The concentration of smoke on bar patios in Montreal, Canada, was comparable with that in areas near a forest fire, said researcher Ryan Kennedy, from Johns Hopkins University in the US.This justifies the ban, which has been among the most debated issues in recent years.

“Tobacco smoke is a class-A carcinogen, and any level of exposure bears a risk.”

The new regulation is expected to come into effect before the end of the year.

It is to ban smoking in outdoor eating areas, often used by restaurants as smoking sections, and other outdoor areas like beaches and sports stadiums.

Dr Yussuf Saloojee, of the National Council Against Smoking
said: “Studies show waitresses have the highest rates of lung cancer of any female occupational group because of their exposure to poisons in second-hand smoke.”

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