Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is a complicated mixture of substances and chemicals found in the indoor air as a direct result of tobacco smoking. Other than being a nuisance, long-term exposure to ETS is also linked to an increased risk of cancer, and respiratory and cardiovascular disease. In the EU, over half a million deaths per year are estimated to relate to smoking, about 79,000 of which are thought to relate to ETS exposure alone. This e-fact is designed to assist and advise workers and workplaces in relation to the potential harm caused by ETS, provide information relating to the legal situation in the EU, and provide information and advice on how to prevent ETS exposure. In reality, a combination of multiple approaches carried out by different combinations of people in workplaces is likely to be required to effect sustained change for the better.
Example of chemicals found in tobacco smoke (e.g benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, cadmium and lead).