If a smoker is foolish to be indifferent to his or her health what right have they to be so reckless with the health of their family, friends or work colleagues? Research proves that someone who is regularly in the company of a smoker faces increased risk of developing COPD. The dangers of what is now often termed "passive smoking" have led Western countries to ban smoking on public transport, in workplaces and other closed areas. While these moves are welcome, they cannot protect people who live with smokers or often travel with them in their private vehicles.
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