Vol. 4 Num 327 Fri. April 30, 2004  
Letters to Editor

Are you living with smokers?

Though not officially reported, we guess that every family has smokers in Bangladesh. Smoking is very bad for health for all ages. Recently, researchers published results from two population cohorts of adults who had never smoked. Among adults who had never smoked researchers found a modest but consistent association between exposure to second hand smoke at home and mortality. This association persisted after adjustment for age, ethnicity, marital status, and socio-economic position. Adults who had never smoked and who lived with smokers had about 15 per cent higher mortality than never-smokers living in a smoke-free household. Mortality among never-smokers was greater in those living in households with a current smoker. They considered exposure to second hand smoke at home only. The finding of about 15 per cent excess mortality in never-smokers exposed to second hand smoke at home is consistent with the previous largest study in the same area. The results from this study add to the weight of evidence of harm caused by passive smoking and support steps to reduce exposure to other people's smoke at home and in other settings. Let's STOP smoking from now!