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One of the best things about the new format is the ability to post comments about a particular article on posting. From the smoking article

Yes, smokers have rights too. However, having a room where the smoke is put into a ventalation system that is probably still connected to the nursing home is like peeing in a swiming pool. It does not get 100% filtered out. We know:

· Secondhand smoke contains over 4000 substances, more than 60 of which are known or suspected to cause cancer. Some of the deadly substances in secondhand smoke and the cancers they cause are:
o Arsenic, benzo(a)pyrene, cadmium, chromium, nickel, and NNK à lung cancer
o Nitrosamines à cancers of the lung, respiratory system, and other organs
o Aromatic amines à bladder and breast cancers
o Formaldehyde and nickel à nasal cancer
o Benzene à leukemia
o Vinyl chloride à liver and brain cancer
o 2-napthalymine and 4-aminobiphenyl à bladder cancer
o Lead à liver cancer
· Three of the above carcinogens “” arsenic, benzene, and vinyl chloride “” are regulated in the United States as hazardous air pollutants. Two of the bladder carcinogens “” 2-napthalymine and 4-aminobiphenyl are banned for use in dye manufacturing.
· The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified secondhand smoke as a Group A carcinogen, a substance which is known to cause human cancer.

SO, unless the ventalation system is completely separate, and I doubt too many nursing homes will have that kind of money, it won’t work!

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