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[Graphic News] Poll shows 8 in 10 exposed to secondhand smoke from neighbors

By Nam Kyung-don

Published : Jan. 21, 2019 - 18:15

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As many as 8 in 10 South Koreans have experienced exposure to secondhand smoke from neighbors, but most refrained from complaining, a poll showed.

The survey of 1,542 residents of Gyeonggi Province -- the nation’s most populous province, which surrounds Seoul -- found that 1,197 respondents, or 78 percent, had been subjected to harm as a result of smoking by their neighbors.

The poll was conducted by the Gyeonggi Provincial Government from Dec. 21-27 last year on its online site.

Seventy-four percent of those who had experienced passive smoking described the harm as “serious,” whereas 26 percent dismissed it as minor.