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James L. Repace, MSc.

Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine

James L. Repace, MSc, is a health physicist who is currently in private practice as an international secondhand smoke consultant. Repace also holds an appointment as Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine

One of the world's leading authorities on secondhand smoke (also known as environmental tobacco smoke, or ETS), Repace was a science policy analyst and staff scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1979 to 1998. He has conducted research on indoor air pollution from ETS for 26 years and has published 59 scientific papers on the topic. Among his many major accomplishments, Repace:

Initiated EPA's policy interest in indoor air pollution (1979).

Identified ETS as a major source of indoor air pollution in a groundbreaking paper that received international scientific attention (1980). In a seminal study, estimated that 5,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the U.S. were caused by passive smoking (1985).

Funded the National Academy of Sciences Report on Environmental Tobacco Smoke (1986); inspired the Surgeon General's Report on Involuntary Smoking (1986); and initiated an EPA study that resulted in the agency concluding that ETS is a Class "A" or "known" human carcinogen (1992).

Developed the first equations for the prediction of levels of ETS nicotine in air and its metabolite, cotinine, in the blood, urine and saliva of nonsmokers, and calculated dose-response equations relating those levels to nonsmokers' lung cancer and heart disease mortality (1993, 1998).

Repace has testified before Congress on numerous occasions; has served on the Surgeon General's National Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health; and has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Cancer Institute, and many other organizations. He serves on many distinguished scientific panels and committees, is the recipient of many awards, and lectures frequently. Repace is Associate Editor for Passive Smoking of Tobacco Control.

Repace received his BSc (1962) and MSc (1968) in Physics from Brooklyn Polytechnic University and completed post-masters studies in physics at the University of Maryland (1969) and Catholic University (1972). Prior to joining the EPA, Repace worked as a physicist with the Naval Research Laboratory and as a research associate with RCA's David Sarnoff Research Center.

Repace is one of five individuals selected to receive The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Innovators Combating Substance Abuse award in 2002. His business, Repace Associates Inc., is based in the greater Washington, DC area.

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