Passive smoking compensation claims
There are serious health risks associated with smoking, as we are all aware. However, passive smoking, or second hand smoking, can lead to many of the same health problems as you are still breathing the same toxins into your lungs.
What is passive smoking?
Passive smoking, which is also known as ‘second hand smoking’ is when you inhale smoke from someone else’s cigarette, cigar or pipe.
Despite inhaling less toxins when breathing in in second hand smoke, it still carries the same health risks that being a smoker does.
Common places where passive smoking occurs are outside pubs and restaurants, in cars or on building and construction sites.
To reduce the risk of being exposed to second hand smoke, non-smokers should avoid spending time in smoky environments.
Exposure to smoke at work
Years ago, it was very difficult for people to avoid passive smoking as it was legal to smoke in public places such as restaurant, pubs, bars and many other places of work. Since the smoking ban was issued in July 2007, which made it illegal to smoke in public places, it is much easier to avoid. However, there are many industries where workers find themselves surrounded by people who smoke, therefore they are unable to avoid being a ‘passive smoker’.
There are still places of work where smoking is permitted, such as care homes, residential homes and prisons. Because of this, staff working in these places may be unable to avoid inhaling cigarette smoke and therefore suffer ill health as a result.
Health problems associated with passive smoking
The list of health problems and illnesses associated with smoking is extremely long, but many people don’t understand that passive smoking can lead to the exact same issues, such as:
- Lung cancer
- Throat cancer
- Mouth cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Kidney cancer
In addition to the above illness and diseases, inhaling smoke can also affect your immune system, which will make you more prone to catching colds, viruses and infections.
Inhaling tobacco products has also been linked to impotence, infertility, heart disease, strokes, stomach ulcers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Can I make a claim for passive smoking?
If you have developed an illness or health problem due to inhaling second hand smoke in your workplace, then you may be entitled to make a claim.
Get in touch with CL Legal today to start your claim: