Passive smokers at risk

by Jenny Novac on May 23, 2011

A local registered nurse in the country is calling on the Government to ban smoking on public motor vehicles.

The issue of smoking in public vehicles is becoming a major concern and a health hazard to travelling passengers.

The nurse who did not want to be named said that a lot of bus conductors and bus drivers in Honiara used to smoke during working hours causing passengers to possibly become victims of passive smoking.

A young and attractive woman covers her nose to avoid the smoke from a cigarette at an outdoor dining area

The nurse said most of the bus conductors did not show respect to their passengers smoking in the buses which she described as “inhuman”.

“Conductors and bus drivers should respect their passengers and stop doing this during working hours,” she said.

“This kind of practice should not be happening in the public buses or public places because most of us especially children and toddlers frequently use the bus and it is dangerous,” the nurse said.

It occurs when tobacco smoke permeates any environment, causing its inhalation by people within that environment.

Scientific evidence shows that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke causes disease, disability, and death.

“If the responsible authorities fail to address this issue then more likely people who are boarding buses will be at risk,” he said.

Woman Smoking

She said passive smoking was a serious issue and responsible authorities should work hard to ban people who smoke not only on the buses but in all public places.

“As a registered nurse in this country this concern should be addressed by the Government to discourage people to smoke on public buses during working hours so that we can reduce smoking related risks in the country,” she said.

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