Smoking in public places increases the level of fine harmful particles in the air, reveals a recent study.
Study by researchers from Otago University has found that cigarettes elevate the risk of a number of dangerous fine particulates which are connected to lung cancer and heart disease.
"Smoking is adding to air pollution. People are being exposed to this all the time, as well as industry pollution and home fires. If we had smoke free streets that would be reducing this hazard. They should be particularly concerned about protecting bar and restaurant workers who frequently have to breathe in second hand smoke when servicing outdoor tables with smokers,'' said researchers.
It is time we seriously thought about banning cigarettes in public places.