'Expert' calls for ban on smoking in the home
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 10:31
Simon Clark

An environmental health expert wants the Scottish Government to ban smoking in the home.

According to the Sunday Times Scotland:

Ivy Shiue, of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, has urged Scottish ministers to extend the smoking ban that made it an offence to smoke in public places such as offices, restaurants and pubs.

The paper adds that:

In a paper published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Shiue argues the ban does not go far enough.

"Although the chance of exposure at work has been lessened, the risk effects from own home and other people's households seem to have persisted and affected human health including cardiovascular disease and mental health."

Without directly endorsing a ban on smoking in the home, Sheila Duffy, CEO of ASH Scotland, said:

"The only way to protect people is to make homes smoke-free."

Ladies and gentlemen, the genie is well and truly out of the bottle.

Update: It won't surprise you to learn that Ivy Shiue got a PhD in medicine at the University of Sydney (Simon Chapman's stamping ground).

Click here to read her paper, Modeling the Effects of Indoor Passive Smoking at Home, Work, or Other Households on Adult Cardiovascular and Mental Health: The Scottish Health Survey, 2008–2011.

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