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Other people’s smoke: what’s in a name?
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    What to call smoke from cigarettes?

    Personally, I prefer a description that tells something of the truth about tobacco smoke, "toxic tobacco smoke." Since the Tenth Report on Carcinogens indicates that tobacco smoke has 250 toxins in it, I don't see any reason not to refer to it as toxic tobacco smoke. This is better than dancing around the danger like many health agencies still do when they refer to the "health" effects of smoking, when they should be tal...

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    ETS and SHS - an investigation into current usage

    Dear Editor,

    I did some investigation comparing the current usage of the term "environmental tobacco smoke" and its acronym, ETS, and the usage of "secondhand smoke" and SHS. The results I obtained tend to support your editorial.

    I went first to the WHO web site and typed ETS in the search box. The first page of results contain 10 entries. All 10 related to tobacco smoke. I then typed SHS, and out of the...

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