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  • Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking
    Eric Lindblom

    "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.

  • Re: Re: Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking
    Phil Wilbur

    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
    John Slade

    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
    D Gordon Draves

    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
    Tac Tacelosky

    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
    Simon Chapman

    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.

  • Re: Nomenclature re passive smoking
    Ron Davis

    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
    Simon Chapman

    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.

    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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  • Additional barriers and solutions to enforcement of youth access laws
    Rick Kropp

    Dear Editor:

    In their article, “Impediments to the enforcement of youth access laws” in your Summer 1999 issue of Tobacco Control, Drs. Joseph DiFranza and Nancy Rigotti identified and explored some of the major barriers to active enforcement of minimum age- of-sale tobacco laws. Through their work, Drs. DiFranza and Rigotti have made substantial contribution to the limited research on why tobacco sales laws are...

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