Selected References and Practical Resources
Environment Canada's Green Lane has web pages devoted to informing
the public about the effects of smog and ways to prevent and reduce
Smog: What you can
Air Care - A Parent's Guide
to Air Quality and Health
OMA Smog Advisory:
health messages for physicians and patients. By Dr. Alan Abelsohn
The Healthy Schools Project
is a Canadian Web site focused on alerting people to the problems
and remedial actions regarding indoor air and health effects in
children. It includes instructions on "best practices" for creating
healthier indoor environments in schools.
Probe has a number of recent publications concerning the policy
level approaches to improving indoor air quality.
Of particular use to physicians is the online document, Indoor Air Pollution:
An Introduction for Health Professionals. Co-sponsored
by: The American Lung Association (ALA), The Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and
the American Medical Association (AMA). U.S. Government Printing
Office Publication No. 1994-523-217/81322 1994.
This booklet provides an overview of the challenge for the health
professional of understanding the effects of indoor air pollution
on the health of their patients. It focuses on acute conditions,
with patterns that point to particular agents and suggestions for
appropriate remedial action.
The Greater Boston PSR group's online publication entitled, NO ROOM TO BREATHE: Air Pollution
and Primary Care Medicine (By Jefferson H Dickey, MD) is a review
piece intended for the clinician.
The Environmental Health Center of the National Safety Council
has a fact sheet library
concerning health and the environment that is particularly focused
on factors relevant to air quality. Fact sheets also have important
links to relevant Web sites. The NSC Indoor Air Program
Web site links to other fact sheets and educational materials (including
some aimed specifically at children).
Environmental Tobacco Smoke
The US EPA provides a number of important Internet resources devoted
to examining indoor air quality and a myriad of publications and
reference material available online. See in particular their web
pages on Indoor Air
Quality by the Office of Air and Radiation and on Secondhand
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides
the Tobacco Information and
Prevention Source (TIPS) Web site maintained by the CDC's Office
on Smoking and Health. The site presents information covering tobacco-related
issues and statistics.
The World Health Organization and Tobacco-Free Initiative hosted
an "International Consultation on Environmental Tobacco Smoke
(ETS) and Child Health" in January, 1999. This meeting brought
together experts from developed and developing countries to examine
the effects of ETS on child health and to recommend interventions
to reduce these harmful effects and eliminate children's exposure.
The Web site
provides Word and PDF versions of the presentations by participant