Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Stellman, Steven D.; Guidotti, Tee L.

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are a group of structurally related chemical compounds that are frequently produced during incomplete combustion of organic matter and are among the most widespread environmental pollutants. This chapter enumerates common sources of environmental PAH that contribute to human exposures including air and water pollution, residential soil and marine sediments, occupational exposures, and lifestyle sources such as cigarette smoking and diet. It summarizes toxic effects in humans, particularly carcinogenesis, along with recent developments in measurable biomarkers of exposure.


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