Per CNN.com, the US Surgeon General today released a report making it clear that the dangers of second-hand smoke are beyond a resonable doubt and should be considered settled as fact:
Steer clear of smokers and any of their drifting fumes. That's the advice of the surgeon general, who on Tuesday declared the debate about the dangers of secondhand smoke over.
"The science is clear: Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance but a serious health hazard," said Richard Carmona.
There is no safe level of secondhand smoke -- even a few minutes inhaling someone else's smoke harms nonsmokers, he found. And separate smoking sections, even the best ventilated ones, don't protect enough.
I really wish city leaders would stop bowing to the pressure of local restaurant and bar owners to water down smoking controls in public places and entertainment/dining venues. History has shown that such bans do not have a significant deleterious effect on such establishments, and in fact, in some places there have been elevated levels of business within a year after bans took effect.