TUC calls for smoking to get ‘killer chemical’ tag

Smoking
should be classed as killer chemical at work under European law, according to
the TUC.

The
TUC has called on the EU Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs to
impose limits on exposure to tobacco smoke at work and to list it as an
occupational carcinogen.

The
union said smoking in workplaces put thousands of workers across the EU at risk
from lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis and asthma.

The
European Commission has a legal obligation to examine the health effects of
hazardous chemical agents and levels of workplace exposure using the latest
scientific research (EC Directive 98/24/EC).

By Michael Millar

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