U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona declared yesterday that the evidence is now "indisputable" that secondhand smoke is an "alarming" public health hazard, causing tens of thousands of premature deaths from heart disease and cancer among nonsmokers each year.
"I am here to say the debate is over: the science is clear. Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance but a serious health hazard," Dr. Carmona said at a televised news conference to release a report updating the original surgeon general's study of secondhand smoke in 1986.
The debate is over? So nice of them to inform me. Let us use a little common sense here. We are to believe that casual contact with diluted cigarette smoke is dangerous, even though first hand smoke takes over 40 years or so to kill? Even though science has yet to conclusively prove the particulars of how smoking causes disease?!
I've got news for you, sitting behind a city bus at a stop light is more dangerous than walking by a guy smoking outside the door of your favorite restaurant.
All science is now apparently political.
Please read the CATO reports that do end the debate.