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April 2, 1997

Draft of Report on Secondhand Smoke Released

JAMA. 1997;277(13):1026-1027. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540370016006

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THE CALIFORNIA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released for public comment a final draft of its report on the health effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). The report, prepared by a number of California health experts, is the first comprehensive review of the health hazards of secondhand smoke since the 1986 US Surgeon General's Report.

According to the report's executive summary, scientific knowledge about the health effects of ETS has expanded considerably since the release of the Surgeon General's report and studies by the US EPA and the National Research Council. "The State of California has therefore undertaken a broad review of ETS, covering the major health end points potentially associated with ETS exposure: perinatal and postnatal manifestations of developmental toxicity, adverse impacts on male and female reproduction, respiratory disease, cancer, and cardiovascular disease," the summary said.

The report, entitled Health Effects of Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke: Final Draft