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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1986. Environmental Tobacco Smoke: Measuring Exposures and Assessing Health Effects. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/943.
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ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO SMOKE

Measuring Exposures and Assessing Health Effects

Committee on Passive Smoking

Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology

National Research Council

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C.
1986

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1986. Environmental Tobacco Smoke: Measuring Exposures and Assessing Health Effects. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/943.
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BOARD ON ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND TOXICOLOGY

DONALD HORNIG,

Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts,

Chairman

ALVIN L.ALM,

Thermal Analytical, Inc., Waltham, Massachusetts

RICHARD N.L.ANDREWS,

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

WILLIAM E.COOPER,

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

JOHN DOULL,

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas

EMMANUEL FARBER,

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

BENJAMIN G.FERRIS,

Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts

PHILIP LANDRIGAN,

Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York

RAYMOND C.LOEHR,

University of Texas, Austin, Texas

ROGER MINEAR,

University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

PHILIP A.PALMER,

E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Wilmington, Delaware

EMIL PFITZER,

Hoffman-La Roche, Inc., Nutley, New Jersey

PAUL PORTNEY,

Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.

PAUL RISSER,

Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, Illinois

WILLIAM H.RODGERS,

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

F.SHERWOOD ROWLAND,

University of California, Irvine, California

LIANE B.RUSSELL,

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

ELLEN SILBERGELD,

Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, D.C.

PETER SPENCER,

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York

National Research Council Staff

DEVRA LEE DAVIS, Acting Director,

BEST

JACQUELINE PRINCE, Staff Associate

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COMMITTEE ON PASSIVE SMOKING

BARBARA S.HULKA,

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina,

Chairman

OLAV AXELSON,

University Hospital, Linkoping, Sweden

JOSEPH BRAIN,

Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts

PATRICIA BUFFLER,

University of Texas at Houston, Houston, Texas

A.SONIA BUIST,

Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon

DIETRICH HOFFMANN,

American Health Foundation, Valhalla, New York

BRIAN LEADERER,

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

GENEVIEVE MATANOSKI,

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

JAMES ROBINS,

Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts

JOHN SPENGLER,

Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts

NICHOLAS WALD,

Medical College of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, England

National Research Council Staff

DEVRA LEE DAVIS, Acting Director,

BEST

DIANE K.WAGENER, Project Director

MARVIN SCHNEIDERMAN, Senior Staff Officer

RICHARD E.MORRIS, Editor

EDNA W.PAULSON, Information Specialist

MARY ELLEN SCHENKENBACH, Staff Assistant

JULIETTE L.WALKER, Senior Secretary

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Preface

The Office of Air and Radiation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Office on Smoking and Health of the Department of Health and Human Services asked the National Research Council to evaluate methods for assessing exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and to review the literature on the health consequences from such exposures. The National Research Council responded to this request by appointing 11 scientists to serve on the Committee on Passive Smoking, in the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, under the Commission on Life Sciences. The committee membership represented the disciplines of toxicology, biochemistry, atmospheric science, epidemiology, biostatistics, and pulmonary physiology.

The committee’s charge was to review the existing scientific literature and to identify the current state of knowledge with respect to known facts and areas of uncertainty. Many more of the latter were found than the former. To the extent that they could be justified scientifically, conclusions have been stated and recommendations proposed. Many of the recommendations are for future research, rather than for public policy. The latter were for the most part avoided on two grounds: the data were frequently not sufficiently secure and the charge to the committee was primarily for scientific review.

The committee conducted a public hearing on scientific studies relevant to its charge on January 29, 1986. Furthermore, it reviewed the published scientific literature and received testimony from professional societies; medical, industry, consumer, and public interest groups; academic scientists; and others involved in the generation and interpretation of scientific evidence on the health

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consequences of exposure to cigarette smoking. Pursuance of these activities was followed by the preparation of individual chapters by committee members and consultants. Thereafter, chapters were discussed, revised, and integrated with each other for the full report.

In producing this report, the committee confronted a complex charge under severe time constraints. That it completed its task well and on time is a credit both to its members and the scientific staff of the National Research Council. I would like to express my personal appreciation to every one of the committee members, all of whom donated their time, intellect, and knowledge to the substance of this report. Dr. Diane Wagener of the National Research Council assumed the difficult task of coordinating, translating, and negotiating ideas and insights among committee members, consultants, and reviewers. Drs. Devra Davis and Marvin Schneiderman worked with Dr. Wagener in ensuring the thoughtful and timely completion of this report.

While the committee restricted itself to analysis of the scientific data, it was not unmindful of the fact of modern life that smokers and nonsmokers have taken strong positions regarding the right to smoke on the one hand and a rejection of being exposed to other people’s smoke on the other. Persons on each side of the issue may wish to infer information from this report that the committee did not intend. Our strategy has been to synthesize information, present judgments and conclusions wherever possible, and to recognize inadequacies in existing data in order to provide a focus for future research. We have not taken the stance of a public policy board that necessarily has to make decisions on less-than-adequate information. Rather, we have chosen to prepare a scientifically responsible report that will be intelligible to a lay audience and useful to a scientific one.

BARBARA S.HULKA, Chairman

Committee on Passive Smoking

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Acknowledgments

The preparation of this report by the Committee on Passive Smoking would not have been possible without assistance from a large number of people.

The committee consulted with a number of experts about various topics. We would like to thank the Office on Smoking and Health, particularly Clarisse Brown, who provided us with the many statistics and data that were requested by various members of the committee. We would also like to thank William Cain and Edward LaVoie for their contributions. Other individuals who gave special assistance in the preparation of the report include Leslie Waters Barger, Kiran Nanchahal, Simon Thompson, Christopher Frost, and Don Blevins.

The committee thanks all the peer reviewers of the report. Their constructive remarks contributed to the improvement of presentations of technical information and its readability.

We would like to express our thanks to the NRC staff for their work in supporting the committee. We would especially like to thank Edna W.Paulson and the staff of the Toxicology Information Center, who were of great assistance.

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EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE TO ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO SMOKE ON LUNG FUNCTION AND RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS

 

182

   

 Lung Function and Symptoms in Active Smokers,

 

182

   

 Plausibility for an Effect Due to Passive Smoking,

 

184

   

 Methodologic Considerations for Epidemiologic Studies,

 

185

   

 Cross-sectional Studies,

 

188

   

 Longitudinal Studies of Lung Function in Children and Adults,

 

200

   

 The Effect of Passive Smoking on Respiratory Infections,

 

202

   

 When Do Pulmonary Effects of Passive Smoking Occur?,

 

209

   

 Studies of Acute Pulmonary Effects,

 

212

   

 Summary and Recommendations,

 

216

   

 References,

 

218

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EXPOSURE TO ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO SMOKE AND LUNG CANCER

 

223

   

 Using Biological Markers to Estimate Risk,

 

224

   

 Assessing the Risk From Epidemiologic Studies of Lung Cancer and Exposure to ETS,

 

227

   

 Corrections to Estimates for Systematic Errors,

 

231

   

 Other Considerations,

 

242

   

 Summary and Recommendations,

 

245

   

 References,

 

246

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CANCERS OTHER THAN LUNG CANCER

 

250

   

 Smoking-Related Cancers,

 

250

   

 Cancers Not Related to Smoking,

 

252

   

 Interpretation,

 

254

   

 Summary and Recommendations,

 

255

   

 References,

 

255

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CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

 

257

   

 Acute Cardiovascular Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure,

 

257

   

 Cardiovascular Disease Morbidity and Mortality,

 

262

   

 Summary and Recommendations,

 

265

   

 References,

 

266

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