Release 97-26      
October 1, 1997


Jerry Martin / Allan Hirsch /
Richard Varenchik
(916) 322-2990

Bev Passerello
Office of Environmental
  Health Hazard Assessment
(916) 324-1945
Media Advisory

Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Report Released

-- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have jointly released a report on the health effects of "secondhand smoke" or Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS).

ETS is a source of exposure to toxic air contaminants indoors, particularly to nonsmokers, infants and children and those with chronic respiratory problems. The report outlines the carcinogenic effects that ETS has on childhood development, respiratory and cardiovascular systems in humans.

The ARB is hearing this as an informational item on October 23, 1997, and intends to pass the report on to the California Department of Health Services Tobacco Control Program for appropriate action under their mandate as the State's lead agency for addressing health effects related to tobacco use. While the ARB has the authority to identify compounds as toxic air contaminants, it does not have the authority to control indoor air pollution.

For a copy of the report, call the ARB's Office of Communications at (916) 322-2990 or download it from OEHHA's home page

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

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