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Rapid response to:


Effect of smoke-free workplaces on smoking behaviour: systematic review

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 27 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:188

Rapid Response:

Smoke-Inhalation? How about Smoker-Inhalation Machines?


I refer to the suggestion contained in Frank Leavitt's response to
Fichtenberg and Glantz's Paper(1):

> One alternative which might be considered is the Japanese
practice of installing smoke-inhalation machines in or near public places.

Surely this does not go quite far enough? Why not have the smoker
inhaled along with the smoke? They could then be turned into garden mulch,
which would assist plants to grow and further help purify the air.

As per my previous response there would be savings not only in less
cancers, but in reduced rates of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,
asthma, diabetes and obesity. Johnson and colleagues(2) showed that
children of mothers who smoke are significantly less intelligent when
tested at both 3 and 5 years old.

So, without smokers breeding, the average intelligence of the
community would also increase. Smarter kids would be less likely to want
to suck in cancer-causing filth, therefore even less smokers!

Smoker-Inhalation machines may be a highly cost effective solution
allowing us all to breath a little easier.


Tony Floyd


(1) Fichtenberg CM, Glantz SA. Effect of smoke-free workplaces on
smoking behaviour: systematic review. BMJ 2002; 325: 188-191.

(2) Johnson DL. Swank PR. Baldwin CD. McCormick D. Adult smoking in
the home environment and children's IQ. [Journal Article] Psychological
Reports. 84(1):149-54, 1999 Feb.

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 August 2002
Tony Floyd
Medical Student
Newcastle University, Newcastle Australia