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Old 03-18-2010, 07:42 AM
 
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Good morning,
I work for a company that allows it's employees to smoke in the front of the building. Often I have to walk thru a cloud of smoke just to enter the building. I am a health conscious person who exercises and tries to eat right. It annoys me that my health could be affected by other people's bad habits. I would appreciate any advice about things I could do to try to minmize the effects of this smoke. I always try to walk fast and not to inhale too much when I walk by.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Relax and quit worrying about it. Incidental, transitory exposure to second hand smoke is not going to kill you.

If you just HAVE to be worried about something, worry about the amount of air pollution you're breathing between your car and those nasty smokers. It's far, far more damaging to you.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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I doubt that is as dangerous as the air you breathe just being outside but you can see it. the exhaust form auto and other sources is much more dangerous to your health. Bascially breathing now days has a risk but often less than in the past.in fact indoor air in your house is said to be even worse on your health.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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I doubt that is as dangerous as the air you breathe just being outside but you can see it. the exhaust form auto and other sources is much more dangerous to your health. Bascially breathing now days has a risk but often less than in the past.in fact indoor air in your house is said to be even worse on your health.
This brings up another point... I think the OP would really be driven into a panic if she ever saw the inside of the ducts supplying conditioned air to her office.

Unless you live with a smoker or are otherwise spending a significant portion of every day exposed to tobacco smoke, it amounts to a nuisance.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:09 AM
 
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I am worried about the outside air I breathe as well......
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:12 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Good morning,
I work for a company that allows it's employees to smoke in the front of the building. Often I have to walk thru a cloud of smoke just to enter the building. I am a health conscious person who exercises and tries to eat right. It annoys me that my health could be affected by other people's bad habits. I would appreciate any advice about things I could do to try to minmize the effects of this smoke. I always try to walk fast and not to inhale too much when I walk by.
There is no evidence that second-hand smoke is harmful. It is a fallacy. You are exposed to much higher levels of potential carcinogens by the exhaust fumes you breathe when driving to work.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:14 AM
 
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It is dangerous:
Secondhand smoke: Avoid dangers in the air - MayoClinic.com

Tobacco Scam: Smokefree Restaurants: Secondhand Smoke - A Little Is Dangerous (http://www.tobaccoscam.ucsf.edu/Secondhand/Secondhand_lid.cfm - broken link)

"5 minutes exposure = smoking a cigarette... Five minutes exposure to secondhand smoke stiffens the aorta (the main artery carrying blood from the heart to the body) as much as smoking a cigarette. More arterial stiffness makes the heart work harder to pump blood. "
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/content/NWS_1_1x_Surgeon_General_No_Safe_Level_for_Secondh and_Smoke.asp (broken link)


Some places have a rule about you are not allowed to smoke so many feet from the building. I know the hospitals are like that and I think all the government buildings are like that too here. Maybe try to get your workplace to make some changes.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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It is dangerous:
Secondhand smoke: Avoid dangers in the air - MayoClinic.com

Tobacco Scam: Smokefree Restaurants: Secondhand Smoke - A Little Is Dangerous (http://www.tobaccoscam.ucsf.edu/Secondhand/Secondhand_lid.cfm - broken link)

"5 minutes exposure = smoking a cigarette... Five minutes exposure to secondhand smoke stiffens the aorta (the main artery carrying blood from the heart to the body) as much as smoking a cigarette. More arterial stiffness makes the heart work harder to pump blood. "
ACS :: Surgeon General: No Safe Level for Secondhand Smoke (http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/content/NWS_1_1x_Surgeon_General_No_Safe_Level_for_Secondh and_Smoke.asp - broken link)


Some places have a rule about you are not allowed to smoke so many feet from the building. I know the hospitals are like that and I think all the government buildings are like that too here. Maybe try to get your workplace to make some changes.
Those are pretty sensationalistic headlines.

Where did you find the "5 minutes = smoking a cigarette" quote? That is extremely difficult to get my brain around, but, assuming there is some validity in that statement, the OP may be inhaling the equivalent of two cigarettes per year if she is walking through a cloud of smoke twice a day every work day.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Relax and quit worrying about it. Incidental, transitory exposure to second hand smoke is not going to kill you.

If you just HAVE to be worried about something, worry about the amount of air pollution you're breathing between your car and those nasty smokers. It's far, far more damaging to you.
Absolutely.
Just walk fast, hold your breath and drop your fear and judgment (which are not at all good for your health).
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I second holding your breath and walk through. If you are genetically predisposed to acquiring lung disease then there's no hope anyway with regular bad air exposure.
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