Editor:

If the public was honestly and truthfully informed about the effects of secondhand smoke, there would be fewer no-smoking laws in this country.

There has never been a single study showing that exposure to the low levels of smoke found in bars and restaurants with decent modern ventilation and filtration systems kills or harms anyone.

As to the annoyance of smoking, a compromise between smokers and non-smokers can be reached, through setting a quality standard and the use of modern ventilation technology.

Air ventilation can easily create a comfortable environment that removes not just passive smoke, but also and especially the potentially serious contaminants that are independent from smoking.

THOMAS LAPRADE, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

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