Esteve Fernández, head of the tobacco control unit of the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), urged the government to “reform tobacco law now so you can’t smoke in cars” and “regulate vapers and cigarette electronics”.
Dr. Fernandez explained to Cervimedia that the concentration of harmful substances in tobacco smoke “is 400 times higher than inside a car” and that the law “so that we all wear seat belts because they save lives, is proven” Smoking while driving is one risk factor for road safety and another for health.” “In many countries, this prohibition already exists, especially if pregnant women or minors travel in the vehicle.”
This reform of the law, proposed by Dr Fernandez, should also affect “smoke-free places”, because “there is a certain decency and relaxation. There is a big mess on terraces”. In this sense, he called for “smoke-free places for sports facilities of any kind, for large shopping centers that are partly open-air, for bus stops, train stops, etc., and above all, for the school environment, hospitals are respected” Right now, the doors of hospitals are scary with those clouds of smoke, just like the doors of buildings that contain offices and are filled with smoke”.
“The law was good and is largely respected, but we are at a turning point and we must emphasize the reforms that we have because the law has been good for non-smokers and smokers. Society Looks at it favorably, but we have to move forward,” added the expert, who collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO).
It also clarifies that you shouldn’t smoke on beaches “due to pollution produced by cigarette butts” and urges that you don’t smoke in playgrounds or school entrances.
Dr. Fernandez advocates “implementing awareness campaigns in schools, something very common in the United States, through families, training them to change habits, such as not smoking at home. We know A third of smokers already do, and many more may want to quit smoking.
“We have reduced tobacco consumption compared to the 1980s, but there are still many smokers, 20% of Spaniards smoke”, compared to 6.4% of Swedes and 9.9% of Danes, and “still lung There is an epidemic of women with cancer” commented the doctor. In Spain, one person dies every 11 minutes from diseases caused by tobacco.
The expert on the link between tobacco and cancer also cautioned against electronic cigarettes and vapers, which are just as harmful as tobacco. He called for “regulation, that they are not sold anywhere and, of course, that they are not sold to minors.”
He is particularly concerned about “SpongeBob shapes or colors that attract attention” because “they tend to attract children and vaping is toxic. Vaping aerosols contain microscopic particles that enter the respiratory system.” And crush lung cells. At the moment, five carcinogenic substances have been found, some terrible, such as aromatic nitrosamines, but there are also metals.”
Vapers, in this expert’s opinion, “are the gateway to cigarette addiction in the same way as so-called electronic cigarettes. We know that up to 60% of users of electronic cigarettes who try to quit traditional tobacco end up using both. We do”.