Environmental Tobacco Smoke: Identification Status

This page last reviewed August 11, 2015

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boardroomStaff initiated a formal scientific evaluation of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) as a Toxic Air Contaminant (TAC) in 2001. Based on the results of scientific evaluation, staff promulgated a rulemaking which culminated with a hearing of the Air Resources Board on January 26, 2006. At the board hearing, the Air Resources Board formally identified ETS as a TAC with a 6-0 vote.

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Status of Evaluation