Seoul Residents Suffer 50 Minutes of Passive Smoking a Day

      July 06, 2010 07:16

      Seoul residents are exposed to an average of 50 minutes of so-called "passive" smoking per day and believe violators of non-smoking zones should be fined up to W90,000 (US$1=W1,223).

      The Seoul Metropolitan Government conducted a survey to discover what the most reasonable fine for violators of smoking bans would be, among 1,113 people from June 18 to 22. Some 44.2 percent answered W90,000, followed by W50,000 with 30.6 percent, and W30,000 with 9.9 percent.

      In other questions, some 42.1 percent said bus stops should be designated non-smoking areas, 22.5 percent picked streets, 20.8 percent answered within a 200 m radius of schools, and 7.6 percent selected parks. But the vast majority or 78 percent said the rights of smokers must be acknowledged as well by designating smoking areas within large areas like parks or school zones if smoking is to be banned there.

      Respondents said they are exposed to secondhand smoke for an average of 50 minutes a day, with pubs and bars being the most frequent site of passive smoking for 36.8 percent. Restaurants and streets followed with 17.3 and 17.2 percent, then bus stops with 15.1 percent.

      Some 41.8 percent thought the biggest victims of passive smoking are pregnant women and their unborn babies, and 26.7 percent said children.

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