Sunday, 28 January 2007

Vehicle fumes 'stunt lung growth'

It has been my opinion for some time that smoking bans are a futile attempt by governments to be seen to be doing something, whilst actually leaving far greater problems unresolved.

There has never been any conclusive evidence, for instance, that has linked "second-hand smoking" to any damage, yet, it seem obvious that both smokers and non-smokers alike are subjected to far more pollution outside, with fumes from cars, bikes and lorries, etc., (not to mention industry.)

This study on the lung function of 3,677 children appears to bear that out:

"Those who had lived within 500 metres of a motorway had much poorer lung function at the age of 18 than those who had lived 1,500 meters away or more, even when factors such as smoking in the home were taken into account."

Vehicle fumes 'stunt lung growth'

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