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Doctor’s advice on how to protect yourself and children from cigarette fumes

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIt is a proven fact that people who do not smoke but are nonetheless subjected to cigarette smoke can develop serious health problems over time. These problems include lung and nasal cancer, heart disease and various respiratory diseases. Children have an even greater risk of falling ill because of cigarette smoke.

Healthcare Ministry’s and Disease Prevention Centre’s specialists offer several pieces of advice on how to avoid cigarette smoke.

Do not allow others to smoke indoors

If one of your family members wants to have a smoke, do not allow them to smoke indoors. Although cigarette smoke remains in a smoker’s mouth for 3-8 minutes, at least you will be able to save yourself and children from directly breathing in cigarette smoke. Even good ventilation and filtres cannot clean the air in the room where someone has smoked. Even smoking in an open window will not help, because cigarette smoke will spread inside regardless.

Do not allow others to smoke inside a car

If you’re driving in a car with a smoker and he wants to have a smoke, ask him to stop the car and have his smoke outside. Smoking in the car even with an open window still leaves a trace of cigarette smoke in the car. This slowly turns the car into a gas chamber, where more and more cigarette smoke accumulates.

Demand smoking restrictions at work

Latest smoking surveys in Latvia show that every second company in Latvia has no smoking restrictions. This means employees are allowed to smoke wherever they want, which, unfortunately, negatively impacts their colleagues. The law dictates that it is prohibited to smoke at work unless there is a specially prepared area for smoking. If this is not complied with where you work, you have the right to complain to your employer and ask to be provided with a smoke-free work environment.

Avoid cigarette smoke when at public places

The law dictates that it is not allowed to smoke in many public places, including medical institutions, public transport stops and apartment building stairwells. Some public places have special areas where it is allowed to smoke.

Smoking in a child’s presence is strictly forbidden!

Children are the most vulnerable when it comes to cigarette smoke, especially if their parents are smokers. Nearly every second school child in Latvia is subjected to cigarette smoke every week. If you have a child and you smoke, at least do it outside, so that your child is less exposed to the negative side-effects of cigarette smoke.

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