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Paper Trail: A Short History of Carbonless Copy Paper


1954
Carbonless copy paper (CCP) debuts.

1960s
Reports of symptoms associated with CCP begin surfacing.

1978
British-American Tobacco (BAT) buys Appleton Papers from NCR.

1980
BAT forms BATUS, a management and holding company of U.S. businesses, including Appleton, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Brown & Williamson.

1981
A University of Washington study finds CCP emits formaldehyde.

1987
The National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) initiates its first probe into possible adverse health effects related to CCP.

1988
A Journal of the American Medical Assn. report concludes that CCP may cause a potentially life-threatening reaction in susceptible patients.

1988
A NIOSH senior reviewer recommends an alert notifying workers of potential health risks of CCP exposure. NIOSH later says there isn't enough scientific evidence to conclude that a relationship exists between CCP and reported health effects.

1990
Appleton Papers and Wiggins Teape, a British maker of carbonless and fine paper, split off from BAT to form Wiggins Teape Appleton.

1997
NIOSH reopens CCP review. It has yet to issue conclusions.

MARCH, 2000
The American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal publishes a study revealing CCP's toxic chemical components and their potential health hazards.

AUGUST, 2000
Arjo Wiggins Appleton is acquired by French holding company Worms & Cie.


DATA: COMPANY REPORTS, BW


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