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European report highlights workplace exposure to secondhand smoke

11th September 2017

A significant number of European workers are being exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace.

This is according to a new study from Imperial College London, which surveyed more than 55,000 people across all 28 countries of the EU, and found that more than one-quarter of those who work indoors are being exposed to secondhand smoke at work.

Although the study did find a reduction in the number of people exposed to secondhand smoke in restaurants and bars due to the introduction of recent legislation, the number of people exposed in indoor workplaces actually increased.

Researchers say this is indicative of a failure to enforce existing anti-smoking laws, while noting that this can be harder to do in workplaces because this relies on individuals making complaints.

Dr Filippos Filippidis, a lecturer in public health at Imperial College London, said: "As long as EU governments are determined to protect their citizens, exposure to secondhand smoke can be dramatically decreased, with huge health benefits."

It is estimated that secondhand smoke is responsible for more than 600,000 deaths per year around the world.

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