Zuivere lucht

Het Amerikaanse TNO, OSHA, houdt zich bezig met het definiëren van standaarden voor schone lucht. Er is in de loop van de tijd veel te doen geweest over ventilatie in de horeca, waarbij altijd door anti-rokenorganisaties is beweerd dat ‘…er geen veilige ondergrens bestaat voor omgevingsrook’.


Deze organisatie heeft zich echter altijd duidelijk over dit onderwerp uitgesproken:


“Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)…It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded.”


“It becomes increasingly clear to us that ETS is a political, rather than scientific, scapegoat.”


CALCULATING THE NON-EXISTENT RISKS OF ETS


“We have taken the substances for which measurements have actually been obtained–very few, of course, because it’s difficult to even find these chemicals in diffuse and diluted ETS.


“We posit a sealed, unventilated enclosure that is 20 feet square with a 9 foot ceiling clearance.


“Taking the figures for ETS yields per cigarette directly from the EPA, we calculated the number of cigarettes that would be required to reach the lowest published “danger” threshold for each of these substances.  The results are actually quite amusing.  In fact, it is difficult to imagine a situation where these threshold limits could be realized.


“Our chart (Table 1) illustrates each of these substances, but let me report some notable examples.


“For Benzo[a]pyrene, 222,000 cigarettes would be required to reach the lowest published “danger” threshold.


“For Acetone, 118,000 cigarettes would be required.


“Toluene would require 50,000 packs of simultaneously smoldering cigarettes.


“At the lower end of the scale– in the case of Acetaldehyde or Hydrazine, more than 14,000 smokers would need to light up simultaneously in our little room to reach the threshold at which they might begin to pose a danger.


“For Hydroquinone, “only” 1250 cigarettes are required. Perhaps we could post a notice limiting this 20-foot square room to 300 rather tightly-packed people smoking no more than 62 packs per hour?


“Of course the moment we introduce real world factors to the room — a door, an open window or two, or a healthy level of mechanical air exchange (remember, the room we’ve been talking about is sealed) achieving these levels becomes even more implausible.


“It becomes increasingly clear to us that ETS is a political, rather than scientific, scapegoat.”


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