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Airports present health hazards for pilots

November 19, 2010, 04:21 pm

When it comes to safety for pilots, most think about the potential dangers that threaten an aircraft while it's in the air. However, some major health hazards exist without setting foot in an airplane.

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that approximately a quarter of U.S. airports allow travelers to smoke indoors. This means people are being exposed to secondhand smoke.

CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion director Ursula Bauer says even airports that restrict smoking to specific areas present a health hazard.

"Completely eliminating smoking in all public places and workplaces, including airports, is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure," says Bauer. "Secondhand smoke is responsible for 46,000 heart disease deaths and 3,400 lung cancer deaths each year."

Life insurance for pilots is a wise investment not only for the dangers that exist when flying, but as the CDC report reveals, on the ground as well. Secondhand smoke has been linked to some forms of cancer as well as respiratory problems.

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