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Mainstream and Environmental Tobacco Smoke | Gio Batta Gori, Nathan Mantel
Article Published: 2008/06/05

Type: Articles and Dissertations
Funding Source: Supported in part by the Tobacco Institute, this essay represents the independent thought of the authors alone.
Significance: No Risk Estimate Reported

Published By: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 14, 88-105 (1991)

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Benzopyrene. Benzene. Polonium 210. Nitrogen Oxides. Methylchloride. Acetaldehyde.

These are just a few of the components present in Environmental Tobacco Smoke, or passive smoke.

The antismoking propaganda presents us with lists of thousands of terms that are difficult to pronounce, and for that reason they must be chemicals, thus they must be threatening our health. Many are even “known carcinogens.” There is no question, the propaganda implies: ETS is as bad as mustard gas – bad enough that the health ”authorities” say that there is “no safe level of exposure.” Hence the smoking bans “for the protection of the non-smokers."

All that is designed to play on emotions and on the ignorance of the layperson. It does not take into account the only issue that matters, the most important statement of toxicology: “It’s the dose that makes the poison.” As it is impossible to assume that the health “authorities” are ignorant of that, the only possible conclusion is that they deliberately misrepresent the information to the public for the purpose of achieving prohibition and engineering culture and beliefs.

In reality, the quantity of toxins contained in passive smoke is so infinitessimally small, they are harmless for all intents and purposes. That is not a matter of opinion, it is a matter of facts. This study from Gori and Mantel, based on direct measurements, demonstrates that the chemicals most heavily contained in passive smoke are well below TLV levels. The Threshold Limit Value (TLV) of a chemical substance is a level to which it is believed a worker can be exposed day after day for a working lifetime without adverse health effects.

For a working lifetime.

How far below the TLV levels is passive smoke? The entire study explains it profusely, and this quick chart gives you an immediate idea. Consider that the figures refer to A SEALED ROOM OF ONLY 100 M3 VOLUME (3,531.46 Cu. Ft.) , WITHOUT ANY VENTILATION.

Reality is the exact opposite of what it is claimed: very few substances, in fact, are as harmless as passive smoke is.

The study should also give an immediate idea of the deliberate level of misrepresentation by the “public health” authorities, and therefore of their dishonesty — thus a size of the institutional problem.

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