Death by Smoking in the UK and Europe and the Protection of the European Court of Human Rights
5 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2007
Date Written: February 2, 2007
It would seem that the ammunition for George Bush's new war to safeguard the deaths of Americans started in June 2006 when the US Surgeon General's Report on smoking and health, the first of its kind for around 20 years, gave a surprising and chilling account on the true impact of involuntary, or passive smoking on peoples' lives in America and by implication, worldwide.
The research behind the Report found that over 120 million Americans are regular involuntary or passive smokers and over 35,000 of them die each year as a result of this exposure. It confirms that there is no minimum risk-free level of exposure to smoke for non-smokers and that even the slightest exposure is harmful. The Report acknowledges that smoking bans do not cater for private homes where in the USA, one in five children are passive smokers as a result of their parent's smoking in a scenario where young people are particularly at risk of damage. The Surgeon General's personal plea is for the US public to avoid smokers at all costs.
Against this conclusive Report, this article examines the relative non-progress of the European Union and the ineffective protection of the European Court of Human Rights in safeguarding European citizens against the biggest preventable hazard to health in Europe and indeed the world.
Keywords: terror, death, smoking, European Union, European court of human rights
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