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Posted: 1/26/2006 7:27:47 PM EDT
BBC NEWS
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.
Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/4652878.stm

Published: 2006/01/27 00:58:11 GMT

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Link Posted: 1/26/2006 7:30:00 PM EDT
Just ban smoking!
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 7:36:22 PM EDT
Even a retard knows smoke of any type is bad for you. California just figure this out?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 7:44:23 PM EDT
Will Feinstein quit blowing smoke out of her ass now?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 7:48:01 PM EDT
In other news . . .

California Declares Inhaling Pure Nitrogen Gas as Toxic
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 7:49:45 PM EDT
Ban fire! Its for the children!
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 7:50:17 PM EDT
And you are surprized?.....these are the same mono-synaptic wizards that that require an MSDS sheet on water.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 7:50:32 PM EDT
BREAKING NEWS


"California is full of Moonbats"

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 8:15:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CRC:
Just ban smoking!



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