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One hospitality worker a week dies from passive smoking, study shows

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 20 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1222
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    One employee a week in the UK hospitality industry dies from passive smoking at work, according to new estimates.

    Professor Konrad Jamrozik of Imperial College, London, calculated the figure from the number of employees in the industry, their exposure to tobacco smoke, and their likely risk of dying as a result.

    He worked on the basis that for a worker in a bar or restaurant exposure to secondhand smoke is three times higher than the average non-smoker who is married to a smoker. “Passive smoking at work kills almost twice as many as exposure at home,” he concluded.

    He also estimated that environmental tobacco smoke in the workplace generally causes about 700 deaths a year in …

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