One person working in the hospitality trade dies every week from passivesmoking at work, doctors have warned. The figures from the Royal College of Physicians come as it has emerged thatthe Government is likely to announce new laws on smoking in public later thissummer.Professor Konrad Jamrozik, of Imperial College, London, estimated thatpassive smoking at work causes 49 deaths each year in hospitality industryemployees, twice as many as from domestic exposure in this group.Environmental tobacco smoke in the workplace causes about 700 deaths eachyear in the UK, he calculated. And at least 3,600 people below the age of 65died each year from lung cancer, heart disease and stroke caused by passivesmoking at home, he added. The figures were announced at a college-backed conference calledEnvironmental Tobacco Smoke and the Hospitality Industry. Imperial College president Carol Black said: “Environmental tobaccosmoke in pubs, bars, restaurants and other public places is seriously damagingto the health of staff, as well as the public. Making these places smoke freenot only protects vulnerable staff and the public, it will also help more than300,000 people in the UK to stop smoking.” Anti-smoking lobby group Action on Smoking and Health described the figuresas “truly shocking”. Legislation looks set for summerThe Government looks likely toannounce some form of legislative crackdown on workplace smoking this summer. Representatives from the British Hospitality Association (BHA)and the British Beer and Pub Association met culture secretary Tessa Jowell andpublic health minister Melanie Johnson in May to discuss smoke-free workplaces.The industry had suggested that, instead of laws to ban smokingin pubs and bars, a tougher voluntary regime should be introduced, includingrestricting smoking at the bar. But the BHA said ministers now appeared set onbringing in new laws. One possibility mooted is to give local authorities thepower to implement legislation.Ministers have been under increasing pressure from medical andpublic health campaigners to crack down on smoking in pubs and bars, especiallyas initial indications appear to show that Ireland’s ban is working well. TheGovernment is expected to outline its plans in July, when it publishes a WhitePaper on public health. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Passive smoking killing staffOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.