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Respiratory Illness in Nonsmokers Chronically Exposed to Tobacco Smoke in the Work Place (12)

Eye irritation is the most common symptom experienced by passive smokers. According to a report by the US Department of Health and Services, 60 minutes of exposure at low levels of tobacco smoke (as measured by CO concentration) between 3 and 10 ppm, produces significant eye irritation. In our study, 82.5 percent of exposed subjects report significant eye irritation. Smoke exposure levels averaging 5.7 ppm of CO are subjectively described as producing “significant eye discomfort.” Levels between 9.0 and 28.2 ppm incite subjective ratings of “strong discomfort” to “almost unbearable.” buy cheap antibiotics
Active smokers miss between three and six days of work per year because of respiratory illness caused by smoking.* We found that passive smokers lose an average of 1.20 days more per year from chest colds than nonsmokers. To determine the minimal financial impact of lost work time, the number of missed days is divided by 245 (approximate number of work days per year), and that percentage is multiplied by the annual salary. In our study, women averaged 1.12 sick days per year (annual salary, $32,000) and men averaged 1.28 lost days (annual salary, $50,000). Estimated financial loss above that of nonexposed workers with identical salaries is $146 per year for women and $261 for men.

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