Base line data sources for the cigarette equivalent dose:
“Polonium-210 is a radioactive element inhaled directly into the airway. Some studies show that people who smoke a pack-and-a-half of cigarettes a day are receiving the same radiation they’d get from 300-plus X-rays per year!” American Heart Association.
2. A single chest x-ray exposes the patient to about 0.1 mSv, which is about the radiation dose people are exposed to naturally over the course of about 10 days. source : http://www.cancer.org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/examsandtestdescriptions/imagingradiologytests/imaging-radiology-tests-rad-risk
3. Pack a day smoker over a year = 300 chest x rays pa. 365 x 20 = 7,300 cigarettes = 300 chest x rays. 7,300/300 = 24 cigarettes equivalent to 1 chest x ray. 24 cigs = 0.1mSv
if 1 pack a day = 300 by 0.1 mSv per year = 30mSV per year
then the 5mSv per year “limit” is equivalent to smoking 3 or 4 cigarettes per day
and the 20mSv per year “limit” is equivalent to smoking 14 cigarettes per day.
So Mr Edano might well have said No immediate danger. But health authorities finish the sentence. There is a hazard over time.
Mr Abe and Lake Barrett: At what age did you force your grand kids to smoke? How many cigs is a beneficial or harmless dose? Zero.
I’m waiting for the smart arses to say “you are leaving out the chemicals”.
WTF do you think cesium 137 and Sr90 are?
At this point in the work up, the cigarette equivalent dose is a Thought Form, a meme. By the time it is finished, it will be an accurate counter in Bq of a stated amount of Fukushima emissions. 76 million bananas does not stand. Cesium is not a nutrient and is an additional dose. However, millions of cigarettes equivalent is a lot of hazard.
A bad thing compared to a good thing is just propaganda.