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    Second hand tobacco smoke/ETS, a definition.

    I believe we have come a long way when we are at the point that we are trying to define just what this toxic pollution really is. When I first started writing, about 15 years ago, I saw the need to define tobacco smoke polluted air which had been air conditioned and filtered but which still contained the gaseous elements which are in tobacco smoke in copious amounts. When the air is not entirely smokefree, filtering it thr...

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    Re: Re: Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking

    I wonder if we are being a bit too condescending to the general public in this discussion about what to call passive smoking. I agree that this proliferation of terms is probably somewhat confusing. All of the terms currently in use by scientists and laypeople have their drawbacks. However, my experience in conversation with the wo/man in the street is that we are all fairly good at decoding our imprecise language....

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    Re: Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking

    I agree with John Slade that ETS is not a satisfactory term and that a new term, incorporating the idea of pollution, should be utilized. I prefer to describe it as "environmental tobacco pollution."

    Incorporating the term "pollution" appropriately reflects that so called second hand smoke is more than just a mere nuisance as the tobacco industry claims. "Environmental tobacco pollution" adequately reflects the...

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    Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking

    As described, there are problems with both the term "passive smoking" and "ETS", but on balance I think ETS has advantages.

    To be difficult, I'd propose a different term altogether, Tobacco Smoke Pollution. The problem is, basically, one of pollution, and its most useful comparisons are to other pollution problems. Persons exposed to tobacco smoke pollution can have their exposures described using the same syn...

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    Re: Re: Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking

    I applaud the effort to create consensus on how we should describe this stuff. To me, it's a strategic question: Which term is most likely to encourage support for clean indoor air regulations and most likely to generate negative feelings toward the manufacturers? Although my bet would be on "involuntary smoking", I don't have the evidence to back that up. But surely that evidence must exist somewhere! Was the question...

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    Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking

    "Secondhand smoke" seems like the most unappetizing name for smoke inhaled by nonsmokers, and using the most unappetizing name possible should probably be the goal for those working to prevent and reduce smoking. [For the same reasons "spit tobacco" is a wonderful replacement for "smokeless tobacco."]

    While "involuntary smoking" has the right idea, refering to "involuntary smoke" sounds a bit odd.

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    Re: Re: Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking

    I would prefer if we could move away from using ETS--Environmental Tobacco Smoke, because it was either developed by the tobacco companies or was gleefully adopted by them. The term ETS is benign while the actual product is extremely dangerous. Some suggestions for substitutes would be TSP--tobacco smoke pollution, TSP--tobacco smoke poisons, TST--tobacco smoke toxins, TTS--toxic tobacco smoke. However, all except the f...

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    Re: Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking

    If Tobacco Control is looking for input as to what name to use, I urge "Secondhand Smoke". ETS is a great term for those that don't like to type, but it's a very neutral term. People hate secondhand smoke, they don't care much about ETS.

    Passive Smoking and Involuntary Smoking are good terms, but I don't think they'll catch on.

    Congrats to Tobacco Control for a great launch into Cyberspace!

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    Re: Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking

    Ron: "secondhand" implies to me "used". So it seems to apply more to the exhaled component of the total ETS mix than it does to the sidestream component. Before the sidestream component is inhaled by those exposd, it has yet to be "used" in this anthropocentric perspective on the subject.

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    Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking

    Simon:

    In your note, you appear to use "secondhand smoke" to refer to exhaled smoke. However, it seems as if many people use secondhand smoke synonymously with ETS, and that's how I use it. People talk about nonsmokers' exposure to secondhand smoke, but nonsmokers' exposure is typically to ETS, which is made up of exhaled smoke PLUS sidestream smoke. It would be difficult for someone to be exposed to pure exha...

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    Nomenclature re passive smoking

    Tobacco Control's editors have never developed a formal policy about which nomenclature we should adopt as the preferred way of writing about passive smoking. This present article, which has attracted huge international media attention, is a good example. Its title contains the term "passive smoking" and its text frequently uses ETS (environmental tobacco smoke). Our technical editor has recently requested clarification...

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    Punish all smokers that won''t stop with a new law.
    • , Technician at a radiostation
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      • Carlos

    I work at a radiostation in Amsterdam - The Netherlands, in the on-air studio directing the show, doing editing and mixing and so on. I have to work together with 1 other in the same room. This is usually a smoker.

    I will simply get fired if I would even ask my co-workers to stop smoking. You have to get this through to the LAW a.s.a.p. maybe then I stand a chance...

    I sure as hell have felt these conseq...

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