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Negative Effects of Passive Smoking on Health

Negative Effects of Passive Smoking on Health


Smoking is one of the silent killers that slowly take human breath out of the throat. It is a habit that not only affects the user, but it also has a severe impact on the health of the people in the surrounding of the smoker. Each year thousands of human lives are wasted across the globe because of addiction to tobacco and by products. It is true that the innovations and technological advancement have revived and revolutionized the human world, but the other side of the coin tells the sad story about the limitations it has brought to humanity.

This essay is aimed at highlighting the importance of the scientific evidences incorporated in the UK law and the role played by the experts. This scientific evidence was mainly related with the negative effects of smoking on the health of the UK citizens. It provides information on the evidences sited by the experts and source of collecting these evidences to enhance the UK law on the negative effects of smoking on the health. An effort is made to summarize the approaches followed by the experts to provide evidence on the subject matter and the way this fact brought change in the UK law.


Over the past few years, the world has been evolved with the numerous new dimensions regarding the health of individuals and the members of the human world. Since the post war events, the evolution process has started that gives the top most priority to the health of the humanity. Smoking is identified as the principal reason for the inequality in the death rates between the rich and the poor of the UK population. Numerous strategy papers and key policies had been highlighting the importance of the smoking as a public health issue (Naidoo et. al., 2004, p. 1).

According to the statistics of the survey conducted in the year 2007, around 27% of the adult population in the UK that was over and above the age of sixteen had been identified as the smokers. The survey indicated that the prevalence of smoking among both men and women had found to be of the highest rates in the age bracket of 20-24 years. As per the classification of the occupational users of smoking, around 21% non manual workers were found to be smokers and the prevalence of smoking among the manual workers estimated to be 332% (Naidoo et. al., 2004, p. 1).

The research studies indicate that the passive smoking has been due to exposure to the environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) that arise from other people who smoke tobacco. The passive smokers would be exposed to only 1% of exposure to the tobacco smoke sustained by a smoker (Anonymous, 2005, p. 13).

In the UK, the policy regarding the negative effect of smoking on health came into enforcement after the world war with the significant role played by the political signatories and the expert committees. Their arguments about the negative impact of smoking were backed by ...
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