E-fact 60: Tobacco — advice for non-smokers on the effects on health
This e-fact should assist and advise employers, safety officers and workers to prevent harm caused by Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) by raising awarness, preventing colleagues from smoking at work and other organisational and technical measures.
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.
tobacco smoke, including e.g benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, cadmium and lead