Weather conditions allied to smoking may pose additional risk to non-smokers says director of public health
Further to my previous post about a proposed consultation on extending the smoking ban to Brighton's parks and beaches.
The Telegraph quotes Brighton and Hove director of public health Tom Scanlon:
"Tobacco smoke typically contains more than 170 toxins including carcinogens and air pollutants. Outdoor tobacco smoke dissipates more quickly than indoor smoke but in certain concentrations and weather conditions it still poses an additional health risk to non-smokers."
I would love to know what "concentrations" and "weather conditions" are needed for smoking in the open air to be a threat to the health of non-smokers.
The way he's talking you'd think we were in London before the Clear Air Act put an end to the famous smogs of the 1950s.
Perhaps, if the consultation in Brighton goes ahead, Mr Scanlon will produce scientific evidence that proves non-smokers are at risk from people lighting up on the beach or in great big open parks.
Or perhaps he won't.
I predict the latter but that won't stop the scaremongering.
PS. Out of interest, what qualifications do you need to be 'director of public health'? Just asking.