Target: Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden
Goal: Use statistical correlation between decreasing number of asthma patients in hospitals and decreased public smoking areas to help create new anti-smoking legislation.
Asthma has proven to be a very serious disease that afflicts millions of people worldwide: as of 2011, an estimated 300 million people suffer from the disease, and about 250,000 perish from it annually. The disease is most commonly subdued by its sufferers through avoiding common irritants of the respiratory system, one of which has been discovered to be cigarette smoke. Any action at all that can be taken to potentially save lives needs to be taken, and as such lawmakers should use newly discovered data to help prevent further asthma emergencies in the future.
A study recently undertaken in the United Kingdom revealed that, since smoking was banned in public places in July of 2007, hospitals have seen a significant drop in the number of admitted asthma patients. Results from July of 2008 indicated a 12.3% decrease in admitted asthma patients after just one year, and the numbers have continued to drop since then. Researchers involved with the study have estimated that there have been 6,802 fewer admitted asthma patients since the smoking ban went into effect in July 2007. The number of admissions for asthma had previously topped out at 26,969 in 2007.
The Global Initiative for Asthma has done a lengthy study into the causes and effects of asthma; its conclusion is that tobacco smoke reduces the likelihood of asthma being controlled, increases asthma severity, and increases the chances of infants developing asthma (if they are exposed to tobacco smoke at that age). Something needs to be done about public smoking to ensure that no people afflicted with asthma are unwillingly exposed to irritants, lest their condition or symptoms take a turn for the worse. Urge the Center for Disease Control to take action now.
You know as well as anybody the potentially harmful effects of tobacco smoke. However, recent studies have indicated that the potential health benefits from preventing smoking may be even greater than previously thought.
Admitted asthma patients in United Kingdom hospitals have decreased by an estimated 6,802 since the country banned smoking in public places in 2007. Think of the potentially healthy effects that similar legislation could have on Americans. More than 250,000 people die each year of asthma; why should smoking be allowed when it worsens the conditions of those afflicted with the disease?
Your organization needs to find a way to keep smoking away from all public areas where it can be potentially harmful to sufferers of the disease. Recent numbers have indicated a direct correlation between hospital admittance due to asthma and smoking; ensure that people in America with asthma do not have to worry about this hazard to their health. Begin drafting anti-smoking plans and putting them into action, thereby helping save many potential lives. Such action has already begun to make a difference in the UK; help it make a difference in the USA next.
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