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February 6th, 2013, 14:22
Originally Posted by pibbur who View Post
Let me elaborate a bit on second hand smoking. I don't doubt that even small doses of second hand smoking have health effects. But the risk for long term effects from random exposure has to be very small (and we readily expose ourselves to activities with higher risks without any concern).
That's the important bit. Humans are crap at interpretation of statistics and will fear low risk level activities more than highier level ones. For example: my wife fears air travel but has no problem driving a car.

Originally Posted by pibbur who View Post
I would be more concerned walking by a group of drunk people on the street, than a group of people smoking, even if the risk of the drunkards unprovoked attacking a sober person is small. That may be partially, but not completely, due to irrational fear, and it doesn't make me advocate banning drinking.
Same story here.
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