Smoke from tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars and pipes can be extremely harmful to your health whether you smoke yourself or create smoke for another individual to inhale. For many years, smoking was acceptable in almost all public places, including trains, cinemas, hospitals and offices. However, as more medical research was conducted on the product, it became less socially acceptable. If you are suffering from a tobacco-related health issue, you might be looking for secondary smoke inhalation injury advice.
Who can help?
If you have been exposed to secondary smoke and received an injury as a result of the negligence of a bar manager, restaurant owner or property manager who may have allowed indoor smoking, call Accident Advice Helpline. We are a law firm established in 2000 to help people receive compensation for injuries suffered because of someone else’s actions or negligence.
To get in touch with us you can call our free 24-hour helpline, 0800 689 0500 where one of our highly- trained advisors can take down the details of your injury and let you know whether or not you may have a case for pursuing a claim. If we feel that you may have a case, we can pass your details on to one of our expert solicitors who will manage your claim on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Secondary smoke in the workplace
Prior to 2007, many employees around the United Kingdom were still exposed to smoke in their place of business. This was especially true for waiters, waitresses, bartenders and other service-based staff. Since the smoking ban has been implemented, there should not be many locations left where secondary smoke is a problem. Unfortunately, smoking is still allowed in the privacy of homes, care homes and prisons. Therefore, those who work as care assistants, nurses and prison officers may be at risk from breathing the toxic smoke.
Secondary smoke illnesses
Most individuals are now aware that breathing in smoke, directly or indirectly, is a major contributor to lung cancer. However, many additional illnesses and long-term side effects can be caused by smoking or breathing in smoke. These include an increased risk of developing a cold or flu due to a weakened immune system, a decreased sense of smell and taste, bronchitis, pneumonia, strokes, heart attacks, heart disease and emphysema. Other major illnesses include throat and mouth cancer, bladder cancer, cervical cancer, stomach ulcers, cancer of the kidney, cancer of the pancreas and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
There are over 100,000 deaths in the United Kingdom related to smoking every single year. Almost half of all smokers in the United Kingdom are expected to die because of a smoke-related illness. Therefore, those who experience secondary smoke are at risk to die of these same diseases with prolonged exposure.
Due to breathing in unfiltered smoke, prolonged exposure to secondary smoke is almost as bad as smoking. There are so many related illnesses that occur and if they do, it is always best to contact a legal professional to see if you are eligible to make a claim against the tobacco companies. Legal professionals can also assist you with finding additional assistance with your symptoms or illnesses as many have extensive medical networks.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you are looking for more secondary smoke inhalation injury advice, contact Accident Advice Helpline today at 0800 689 0500.