In EFA’s November ezine we wrote to you about the debate going on at EU level on how to regulate the untested chemicals, the EU Chemicals review (REACH). Although we know that some of the chemicals contained in the review are surely contained in indoor air pollutants such as tobacco smoke, the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) has recently shown that there are up to 600 additives in cigarettes and that when it is implemented, EU-wide uniform regulation on chemicals would not only force tobacco companies to disclose all chemicals in cigarettes, it would also compel them to prove the harmlessness of each substance. For more information: German newspaper ‘Stern’ and DKFZ fact sheet on additives Source: ENSP News Bulletin 

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