E-fact 60: Tobacco — advice for non-smokers on the effects on health

Type of item
EU & international information
Country
EU
Year of publication
2012

English

Description

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.

Other data

Provider
Provider name (English)
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Provider name (Original)
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered
Not applicable
Biological hazard
Not applicable
Hazard - physical state
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Other
Hazard - health effects
Asthmagens
Asphyxiants
Carcinogens
Irritants
Toxic substances
Exposure route
Inhalation
Substance Description

Tobacco smoke, including e.g benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, cadmium and lead

CAS Number
71-43-2
50-00-0
630-08-0
7440-43-9
7439-92-1
EC number
200-753-7
200-001-8
211-128-3
231-152-8
231-100-4
Prevention measures
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material
Awareness raising
General information
Guidance
Target group
All (no specific target group)