80% of People Living in MUDs Want to Live SMoke-free Affair with Smoke-free Housing Alice: Narrating the personal Anna I am not going away not by a long shot. The smoke-free housing saga continues Answers to Frequently Asked Questions including Grandfathering Anti-smoking champ honoured for PUSH Any defensive discussion indefensible April Lifting the Veil off of Quiet Enjoyment Arabian COUGHING Poster At the Core of Smoke-Free Housing Workplace violence and bullying ATTRIBUTE REQUIRED TO SUCCESSFULLY ACCOMPLISH BEING SMOKE-FREE AUTHORITIES for Smoke-free Housing BC HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL Decides Crescent Housing Societys Application To Dismiss Lacking in Substance Concreteness and Good Faith (Another Debacle) BC HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL hears first case on SHS in MUDs Monday April 2 – Wednesday April 4 2012 BREAKTHROUGH DECISION Smoke-Free Housing Cancer in non-smoker sparks legal action Australia CLEANING UP TOXIC ENVIRONMENTS COMMUNITY DISCUSSION FORM Comparing “big” and “too small to matter” crises and catastrophes Demand for non-smoking apartments next to impossible Do you struggle with the problem of drifting second-hand smoke in your home? What you can do looks like 2011 DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH THE PROBLEM OF SECONDHAND SMOKE DRIFT What Struggle Looks like Drewlo Holdings Building More Smoke-free Apartments DROs Ways to Strengthen a Bid for Smoke-free Housing Ethical Dilemma of Smoke-free Housing EX-SMOKERS ARE UNSTOPPABLE flash mob dance Fervent Wish for Smoke-free Housing Governance by Dysfunctional Boards How the Smoke-free Housing Initiative inadvertently opened up governance for public scrutiny Grandfathering How does it apply to smokers Grandfathering Smoke freely Grandfathering Smokes License to Smoke License for Abuse GROUNDHOG DAY PUSHing the Drift to Smoke-free Housing GROUNDHOG DAY 2012: Secondhand smoke from grandfathered smokers takes a wee hit How Provincial and Municipal Bylaws Apply for MUDs in BC HR DECISION ORDERS “METRO ONE” TO CEASE ITS DISCRIMINATION AND REFRAIN FROM COMMITTING A SIMILAR CONTRAVENTION IN THE FUTURE INJUNCTIVE RELIEF A court order to Do this and Stop doing that Inspiring story behind SMOKE-FREE CARS ACT 2007 knowledge exchange Krossa from Maple Ridge Dare Extend Ideation For Smoke-free Housing Lung cancer kills non-smoker McDaniels thank supporters Measuring second-hand smoke drift in non-smokers: Prove it Medical Marijuana NEWS ~ NEWS ~ NEWS London ON New Apartment Building Opts for Smoke-free and Utilizing Grants to Encourage Smoke-free Housing NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY YOUR TIME HAS COME NSRAs rebuttal of Harpers Gut of Federal Tobacco Control Program People imagining a smoke-free world Picture Worth a Thousand Words Premier Christy Clark announces Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) Sense and scent-ability: Do you smell second-hand smoke in your home? SHS Is Not Simply An Issue Between Neighbours Slaying the Myth of Right-To-Smoke and In-My-Home SMOKE DAMAGE - Voices from the Front Lines of Tobacco Wars Smoke-free at Last Smoke-free housing Litany of motivations and obstructions Smoke-free Housing: An award winning direction Standardize your letters and claims: Make them all the same Steps to Designating Smoking Area in Common Areas and Avoiding Misrepresentation STORIES: Heart of the Matter Strata concedes failure to accommodate McDaniels TENANTS' FUME IN SMOKE-FEST ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLAINT COSTING THOUSANDS The 'In-Perpetuity' of National Non-Smoking Week Thinking Petition? Draft a report instead. Trials Against Big Tobacco Reveal Internal Documents Stating Lethal Hazard Of Smoking And Environmental Tobacco Smoke TRIBUNAL GRANTS COMPLAINANTS' APPLICATION TO AMEND THEIR COMPLAINT Tribunal's Decision Reveals DEBACLE Urging Political Will VEN TI-LA-TION – exchanging stale noxious air with clean fresh air Weitzels and Willow Park Estates What has California's new smoke-free housing law to do with us Canadians? What makes normal sensible people become dysfunctional when they join a board and what turns CEOs or EDs into mini-dictators? Why Isn't Vancouver's OLYMPIC VILLAGE A Flagship for Smoke-free Housing? Why there is a PUSH for Sf Housing WOW You've come a long way baby Yukon Housing Corp’s smoke-free housing leaves smokers fuming YUKON NORTH OF ORDINARY™ TRUMPS NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL BC AGAIN Yukon's smoke-free housing comes into effect Jan 1 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Any defense maintaining the status quo on secondhand smoke is indefensible

Who benefit most from eliminating environments where smoking can happen?

Readers following alerts on secondhand smoke received and passed along the press release from the European Society of Cardiology ESC.

What’s all the excitement about from this press release?

After Germany implemented its smoking bans January 1 2008 in work and public spaces, comparisons in pre and post rates of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) between 2006 and 2010 in Bremen, Germany showed a 26% reduction in non-smokers.

STEMI  is considered the severest and deadliest form of myocardial infarction.  STEMI rates increased 4% (from 25 to 26 STEMIs per month) in active smokers.

Dr. Johannes Schmucker is quoted after presenting the findings at the ESC Congress 2012, “Non-smokers, and especially non-smokers under the age of 65, benefit most from the implementation of the law, indicating the harmful effects of passive smoking.” 

Rates of 31% less per month, young non-smokers showed the greatest reductions in ST-elevation myocardial infarctions.

In the press release, Dr. Schmucker is quoted, “This confirms  that the smoking ban had a positive impact on the population as a whole by decreasing the number of STEMI’s…and suggests that expanding anti-smoking legislation could reduce the occurrence of STEMIs even further in the future.”

If you look behind why cigarette package warnings include blindness, you find that people subject to secondhand smoke were nearly twice as likely to develop macular degeneration. 

Yet, few family doctors or specialists ask questions about what kind of environment their patients live in, and investigate what factors trigger the disease. They operate out of the notion of treating the disease.

The public at large remains brainwashed by the notion of “smokers rights,” a non-profit of Big Tobacco, a marketing coo from the 1980’s.  For a comprehensive review on slaying the myths of smokers' rights, see the Quebec tobacco trial “Eye on the Trials”.

Tobacco and smoking remains one of the world’s, much less Canada’s, perpetual epidemics.  After being delivered into the smoking horrors, it took me five years to get out. I’m in recovery.

Any defensive discussion maintaining the status quo on secondhand smoke is indefensible, financially and morally corrupt.  Trials determine to what extent and financial damages, out of the code “Eye for an Eye, (William Ian Miller).”