I just managed to put up my smoking ban web page today and I
this response from the President of the Anti-smoking ban
group. Can you
Sue Ann Phung
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 20:46:44 -0500
From: Walt Hanley
Subject: Please update your link
About your page "Second Hand Smoking Homepage". You failed to grasp the
concept that mitigation of Radon, and Tobacco smoke are identical. It
requires proper ventilation. With more and more places being required to go
smoke free, business have chosen to decrease ventilation, thus increasing
risks from Radon exposure. But improper ventilation represents more risks
than just Radon exposure.
As was with the airline industry, once smoking was banned from commercial
aircraft, airlines choose to save money by decreasing fresh air
ventilation within the aircraft cabin. This resulted in higher levels of
carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, and other trapped airborne
contaminates. "Breathing on a jet plane. How fresh is the air?" Consumer
Reports 1994 Aug;59(8):501-506. This is also substantiated in DOT tests in
http://www.forces-cdn.com/lin-air.htm Also documented in NY Time
"Exposures to tuberculosis on planes are investigated." New York Times 1993
D/abstract18358.html Also see Travel & Leisure "What's wrong with Cabin
It should also be noted, radiation exposure from airline travel represents
a far greater risk, than exposure to second hand smoke. Yet people willing
expose themselves to this danger rather than demanding airline
manufacturers, and operators provide proper shielding on aircraft. See
above DOT study, and also NY TIMES "Tests of cockpit radiation show levels
above a federal standard." New York Times 1990 Mar 1;139(48,161):A12
Secondly I take offense to the statement "Also my opponents claim that there are more people who die from radon (estimated 17,000) in the home than due to lung cancer (estimated 3000) from secondhand smoke ("Misinformation Continues). These are weak arguments. First, who are stating these arguments? They are the tobacco companies themselves who have an interest to keep America smoking." I make these arguments. I, nor my organization have any affiliations with any tobacco companies, and I resent the inference that FORCES is tobacco company sponsored.
Thirdly as you so aptly pointed out, Smoking, Drinking, and second hand
smoke presents a group of the largest preventable causes of premature
death. Why not just close the bars, since drinking represents a major
preventable health hazard. While you are at it, why not close down most of
the restaurants since they serve unhealthy food.
I believe you neglected improper diet in your top three list of
preventable causes. "After smoking, which causes an estimated 500,000
deaths each annually, obesity-related conditions are the second leading
cause of death in the U.S., resulting in about 300,000 lives lost each
year." Dr, Koop explained. Furthermore, obesity-related diseases cost the
U.S. economy more than $100 billion annually.
Yes, this would really create a win-win situation for bar and restaurant
owners wouldn't it?
Lastly I was unable to verify your figure of $100 billion dollars, since it was only attributed to comments made by Kessler. But the documented figure used by the CDC is around $50 billion dollars (revised to 56 billion by BERA). This is a total figure, including estimated employer costs.
President, FORCES Georgia