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Human Exposure to Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons.
Bridbord-K; Finklea-JF; Wagoner-JK; Moran-JB; Caplan-P
Carcinogenesis, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons: chemistry, metabolism, and carcinogenesis. Freudenthal RI, Jones, PW, eds. New York: Raven Press, 1976 Jan; 1:319-324
Sources of human exposure to polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are reviewed. PAH emissions from automobiles are described along with occupational exposures during road work, roof work, coke oven work, and aircraft pilot work. Estimates also are included on benzo(a)pyrene (50328) exposures from cigarette smoke, and measured benzo(a)pyrene concentrations inside a restaurant, a Kenyan hut, and aircraft cockpits are listed. Total PAH exposures are estimated for various populations as cigarette equivalents. The authors conclude that PAH exposures can occur through occupational exposures as well as smoking habits, activity patterns, and residential areas. They suggest that total exposures both on and off the job be considered when assessing the potential human health effects of a chemical.
Polynuclear-hydrocarbons; Combustion-products; Environmental-factors; Environmental-hazards; Humans; Air-contamination
Carcinogenesis, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons: chemistry, metabolism, and carcinogenesis
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