ACVA Pacific

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ACVA Pacific was an Australian/Asian branch of ACVA Atlantic and a front group for Philip Morris that "measured" air quality in buildings.


Philip Morris took over AVCA Atlantic and turned it into Healthy Buildings International (HBI) which widely promoted the term and idea of "Sick Building Syndrome" as a way to broaden the issue of indoor air quality and take the focus off tobacco smoke as a point-source of indoor air pollution.

In 1987 the Tobacco Institute of Australia commissioned the American company ACVA Pacific Pty Ltd., to report on indoor air pollution in a number of office buildings in Sydney and Melbourne. ACVA reported that ventilation, filtration and hygiene problems were responsible for causing 'sick buildings', and described any part played by tobacco smoke in the causation of ill health as minimal.[1]


  1. Pirrie M. Building doctor has eyes on sick parade offices. The Age; February 26, 1987. No electronic link.

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