The odor and health effects associated with environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) will not be addressed in the future version of the ventilation standard from the ASHRAE (Atlanta). The proposed standard, ASHRAE Standard 62.1P, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Commercial, Institutional and High-Rise Residential Buildings, is proposed to apply only to non-smoking spaces in buildings.

"This standard is an engineering design document for ventilating indoor spaces and is not intended to be a source of information on health," Richard Hayter, a member of ASHRAE's board policy committee on standards who made the recommendations, said. "References to the health effects of environmental tobacco smoke are outside the purpose of the standard.” In addition, the committee recommended that a separate publication be written to provide design guidance for spaces where ETS is present. The publication would be neither a standard nor a guideline.

The standard may initially contain some guidance, not requirements, on ventilation of smoking spaces through addenda approved for ASHRAE's existing ventilation standard, Standard 62-2001, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality.