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Second-hand noise; don't be that person

Second-hand noise is the new smoke - we need have a debate on how to govern the cacophony of modern life, before it starts killing us too

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Smoking  |  Air Pollution  |  World Health Organization

Holger Reisinger 

We used to be able to smoke everywhere. On trains, in bars and restaurants – even in the office. And then slowly, but surely, the spaces where people could light up a cigarette began to disappear.

Why? Because we learned about the health-risks, new social norms started forming, and we would no longer accept the exposure to second-hand smoke. Will we one day feel the same way about noise? Sure, no-one ever died because someone’s earphones were playing too loudly. But the same principle applies; is it fair to inflict your second-hand noise on your neighbours and ...

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 09:47 IST
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