1 in 5 smoking deaths from passive smoke

18th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 April 2007 , MADRID – One of every five people who die in Spain because of smoking-related causes are passive smokers, according to a report released Wednesday by the Spanish Epidemiology Society.

18 April 2007

MADRID – One of every five people who die in Spain because of smoking-related causes are passive smokers, according to a report released Wednesday by the Spanish Epidemiology Society.

According to the study, tobacco kills more than 45,000 people each year in Spain and between 8,000 and 11,000 of those who die of respiratory ailments, cancer or heart disease are not habitual smokers.

And around half of those deaths are of people exposed to tobacco smoke in the home.

Carlos Ariza of the Barcelona Public Health Agency who presented the report said that more anti-tobacco measures and campaigns must be launched and especially those addressing the risks of passive smoking.

Harsh new laws went into effect in Spain in January 2006 which ban or severely restrict smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars and put limits on tobacco sales and advertising.

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Subject: Spanish news

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