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Wednesday, 29th September 2010
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Nearly 7,000 die from passive smoking

Research suggests that 6,800 people in Japan die each year from conditions caused by passive smoking.

Kyodo News reports scientists at the National Cancer Center have concluded that more needs to be done to tackle the issue of passive smoking, especially in the workplace.

It is thought that passive smoking increases the risk of developing heart disease and lung cancer by up to 30 per cent.

Figures also suggest that 30 per cent of women and six per cent of men are exposed to passive smoking at home, while 20 per cent of women and 30 per cent of men are subjected to second-hand smoke at work.

"Huge harm is done," explained Yumiko Mochizuki, a senior researcher at the National Cancer Center.

"The government and employers need to recognise it is their responsibility to protect the health of working people."

Formed in 1962, the National Cancer Center was created to help research and develop Japan's approach to treating and preventing the disease.

Written by Susan Ballion