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NYC Eyes Rockland Smoking Law

City could follow in county's footsteps

When it comes to certain smoking restrictions, Rockland is one step ahead of New York City.

Mayor Bloomberg recently proposed new legislation that would require owners of multi-family dwellings to delineate where smoking is and isn't allowed on their premises—a concept Rockland County has already passed into law.

Rockland County Legislature Vice Chairman Alden H. Wolfe authorized a similar law that went into effect January 1 of this year. The legislation mandates building owners and agents to establish smoking policies for residents and, in some cases, file the policies with the County Health Department.

If the owner fails to do so, they can face a civil penalty.

"I commend Mayor Bloomberg on his continuing effort to reduce secondhand smoke in New York City," Wolfe said. "This is a public health matter that needs to be addressed on the global level and the Mayor’s proposal for the great City of New York brings the matter to the forefront. I hope the City Council will support his proposal and conclude, as we did here in Rockland, that residential smoking policies will help to prevent conflicts among tenants, reduce health issues that result from exposure to secondhand smoke and will respect the personal rights of non-smoking and smoking tenants."

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john davidson April 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Tobacco Control Scotland has admitted it has no record of any deaths or demonstrable harm caused to anyone from second hand smoke as the UK Govt pushes forward the idea of third hand smoke, aka Invisible Smoke, without any evidence at all. Bill Gibson, The International Coalition Against Prohibition (TICAP) chairman, was interested to know how many actual deaths and respiratory illnesses were recorded in Scotland from passive smoking, given the reported guesstimate 13,000 figure which is repeated parrot fashion year after year. He put in an FOI request and found that there wasn't one death or respiratory illnesses attributed to SHS or tobacco. Perhaps I should repeat that. Not one death has been recorded in Scotland as definitely related to tobacco smoking or passive smoking. http://patnurseblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012 ... eaths.html If we did the same the world over we would get the same answer. Remember this story from last year: B.S. Study: 600,000 People Die Worldwide From Secondhand Smoke Every Year http://grendelreport.posterous.com/bs...
john davidson April 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM
“The Health and safety executive could find no evidence, hence the statement in article 9 from HSE in OC255/15 published in 2006 “The evidential link between individual circumstances of exposure to risk in exempted premises will be hard to establish. In essence, HSE cannot produce epidemiological evidence to link levels of exposure to SHS to the raised risk of contracting specific diseases and it is therefore difficult to prove health-related breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act” http://web.archive.org/web/20061110075518/http://www.hse.gov.uk/foi/internalops/fod/oc/200-299/255_15.pdf
john davidson April 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM
OSHA / NIOSH RESEARCH In 1991 NIOSH { OSHA' research group} Looked into ETS although at the time they recommended reducing ETS exposure they found the studies lacking. NIOSH recognizes that these recent epidemiological studies have several shortcomings: lack of objective measures for charachterizing and quantifying exposures,failures to adjust for all confounding variables,potential misclassification of ex-smokers as non-smokers,unavailability of comparison groups that have not been exposed to ETS, and low statistical power. Research is needed to investigate the following issues: 1. More acurate quantification of the increased risk of lung cancer associated with ETS exposure,including determination of other contributing factors[e.g.,occupational exposures]that may accentuate the risk. 2.Determination of the concentration and distributuion of ETS components in the workplace to help quantify the risk for the U.S. working population. a.The association of ETS exposure with cancer other than lung cancer b.The relationship between ETS exposure and cardiovascular disease c.The relationship between ETS exposure and nonmalignant resporatory diseases such asthma,bronchitis and emphysema, and the effects of ETS on lung function and respiratory systems
john davidson April 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM
c. Possible mechanisms of ETS damage to the cardiovascular system,such as platelet aggravation,increased COHb leading to oxygen depravation,or damage to endothelium d.Effects of workplace smoking restrictions on the ETS exposure of nonsmokersand ETS-related health effects in nonsmokers After ten years of no conclusive research and lack of studies that didn't eliminate the bias OSHA decided that the studies did not have substance and here is there present policy. Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Because the organic material in tobacco doesn't burn completely, cigarette smoke contains more than 4,700 chemical compounds. Although OSHA has no regulation that addresses tobacco smoke as a whole, 29 CFR 1910.1000 Air contaminants, limits employee exposure to several of the main chemical components found in tobacco smoke. In normal situations, exposures would not exceed these permissible exposure limits (PELs), and, as a matter of prosecutorial discretion, OSHA will not apply the General Duty Clause to ETS.
Issy April 27, 2012 at 12:43 AM
How about the simple fact that it smells obnoxious and after being near a smoker it leaves a lingering disgusting putrid smell in the air and a vile taste in the back of ones throat: In a residential building the smell filters throughout the building polluting everything it touches: And in asthmatics, like my son, their breathing becomes labored when they come in contact with it.
john davidson April 27, 2012 at 03:40 AM
The inconvenient truth is that the only studies of children of smokers suggest it is PROTECTIVE in contracting atopy in the first place. The New Zealand study says by a staggering factor of 82%. “Participants with atopic parents were also less likely to have positive SPTs between ages 13 and 32 years if they smoked themselves (OR=0.18), and this reduction in risk remained significant after adjusting for confounders. The authors write: “We found that children who were exposed to parental smoking and those who took up cigarette smoking themselves had a lower incidence of atopy to a
john davidson April 27, 2012 at 03:41 AM
range of common inhaled allergens. “These associations were found only in those with a parental history of asthma or hay fever.” They conclude: Our findings suggest that preventing allergic sensitization is not one of them.” The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Volume 121, Issue 1 , Pages 38-42.e3, January 2008 http://www.jacionline.org/article/S00...(07)01954-9/abstract . This is a Swedish study. “Children of mothers who smoked at least 15 cigarettes a day tended to have lower odds for suffering from allergic rhino-conjunctivitis, allergic asthma, atopic eczema and food allergy, compared to children of mothers who had never smoked (ORs 0.6-0.7) CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates an association between current exposure to tobacco smoke and a low risk for atopic disorders in smokers themselves and a similar tendency in their children.” Clin Exp Allergy 2001 Jun;31(6):908-14 http://www.data-yard.net/30/asthma.htm ...
Issy April 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Studies show that children of parents who smoke may gain a slight benefit in preventing attacks, but any asthma attack is likely to be more severe, However, in children where the parents do not smoke, exposure to tobacco smoke can and does trigger asthma attacks. So unless you are saying the parents with asthmatic children should start smoking, it is best not to expose asthmatic children to tobacco smoke,

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