Ventilation and environmental tobacco smoke

Marina Fonseca Seelig Cláudia Rejane Jacondino de Campos Jonas da Costa Carvalho About the authors

Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is a major contributor to indoor air concentrations and exposure to particles. It's known that many of its chemical compounds are toxic or carcinogens and its inhalation may cause many health injuries. Although, except in specified areas, forbidden by law, smoking in collective places is a common activity in Brazil, and, in most of the cases, specified areas, when existing, are not propriety isolated, injuring nonsmokers. Tobacco and hospitality industries maintain ventilation as a solution for this problem, but studies indicate that it is not the appropriate solution. This article approaches the ETS exposure problem through health and pollution implications.

Environmental tobacco smoke; Ventilation; Indoor air quality

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