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Adverse health effects of smoking and the occupational environment.
Vet Hum Toxicol 1979 Oct; 25(5):367-370
The potential hazards associated with the interactions of tobacco smoke with chemicals and physical agents in the workplace are discussed. Six different mechanisms of action are described: toxic agents in tobacco also may occur in the workplace, increasing exposure to the agent; workplace chemicals may be transformed into more harmful agents by smoking; tobacco smoke may serve as carrier of workplace contaminants; smoking may produce an additive biological effect to that produced by a workplace contaminant; smoking may act synergistically with workplace toxic agents; or smoking may contribute to workplace accidents. Recommendations are made to curtail use of tobacco in workplaces where substances that may interact with tobacco are used.
NIOSH-Author; Health-effects; Cigarette-smoking; Physiological-effects; Risk-factors; Epidemiology; Morbidity; Blood-chemical-analysis; Biological-effects; Toxic-substances; Control-measures; Chemical-exposure; Pathologic-effects
Issue of Publication
Veterinary and Human Toxicology
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