UniTrento VS Passive Smoking
Passive smoking? No, thanks.
Don’t light up in entrance ways or areas where people pass. Respect those who choose not to smoke.
Passive smoking produces substances that are harmful to the body in both the short and the long term. Prolonged exposure increases the risk of tumours developing at some point in a person’s life and can cause respiratory or cardiovascular diseases. Due to the high concentrations of particles, exposure of even a few seconds can have serious negative effects on the respiratory system, particularly for asthmatics*.
UniTrento is considering the introduction of a smoking ban in the immediate vicinity of the university buildings, as these are transit areas for non-smokers, who are potentially exposed to high concentrations of particles. Possible areas for smokers to use will be identified. This initiative may be supported by brief air quality monitoring campaigns conducted by the University, to measure the concentration of particulates.
World Health Organisation, 2012. Why is smoking an issue for non-smokers? http://www.who.int/features/qa/60/en/
Trédaniel, J., Boffetta, P., Saracci, R., Hirsch, A., 1994. Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and adult non-neoplastic respiratory diseases. European Respiratory Journal 7, 173–185.