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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 January 2006, 15:30 GMT
Campaign targets smoking at work
Man smoking
The public has backed a ban on smoking in enclosed areas
Health bosses on the Isle of Man have launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of smoking in the workplace.

The Department of Health and Social security wants more businesses to go smoke-free.

It says that breathing in second-hand tobacco smoke is classed as dangerous to health as asbestos.

Exposure to second-hand smoke at work is estimated to cause the death of up to 10 Manx workers each year.

The DHSS is targeting the pubs, bars and restaurants, because smoke at the burning tip of a cigarette is more dangerous than smoke which has been exhaled.

The new campaign is being supported by Manx cancer charities, asthma groups and medical professionals.

A draft Bill banning smoking in some public places is being considered by the Isle of Man government.


SEE ALSO:
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