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California declares smoke 'toxic'
California has become the first US state to classify second-hand tobacco smoke as a toxic air pollutant.
The decision by the California Air Resources Board puts drifting smoke in the same category as diesel exhaust, and could lead to tougher regulation.
The agency said many scientific studies had linked passive smoking to a range of cancers and respiratory diseases.
California pioneered smoking bans in the workplace, and later in restaurants and bars.
John Froines, chairman of the Air Resources Board's Scientific Review Panel, said Thursday's ruling put "California way ahead".
The decision to declare second-hand smoke as a pollutant relied on a September report that found a sharply increased risk of breast cancer in young women exposed to it.
It also linked second-hand smoke to premature births, asthma, and numerous health problems in children.
The study found that about 16% of all Californians smoked, but that 56% of adults and 64% of adolescents were exposed to second-hand smoke.
Some health experts say the ultimate impact of California's decision to classify second-hand smoke as a toxin could reach beyond the US.
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Published: 2006/01/27 00:58:11 GMT
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It's not up to the government to regulate smoking on private property. However, I do believe smoking should be banned in public. Sorry if this offends anyone.
Actually I'm not sorry.
I quit smoking a while back! Don't care, Don't care. Next thing they will say is cordite destroys the ozone layer, so we have to ban the discharging of all firearms.
now the CA government can fine the tobacco manufacturers for selling non-CARB certified smog devices. more state revenue $$ to fix the deficit.
The state is trying to prime everyone for the $2.50 tax that is going to be coming up next election. I want to see the hard facts, not what "experts say". I belive you are more prone to get cancer sitting in traffic, than smelling someones second hand smoke. Is methane gas not toxic? Maybe we should all wear filters in our anal orifices.
You know they are going to regulate bean sales next.
It will be like the off road dirt bike green/red sticker program.
"I'm sorry ma'm, we are not allowed to sell you refried beans because you are in a red sticker prohibited area and your liscensed to only eat refried beans during the months of Feb-May in this area."