AKA Volatile Organic Compounds
Now, for paint specifically, nearly every person in America will be forced into being exposed to VOC's from paint just by living here. That being said, there are a few things that you should know. Paint releases most of it's volatile compounds as it dries. The average gallon of paint will continue to release more VOC's over time, however, the rate that it is released at drops significantly. The other important factor you should know is that many manufacturers now offer at least one line of paint that contain either low or no VOC's. One such product is "Harmony", from Sherwin-Williams that has no VOC's. This line of paint and others like it are a bit more expensive. So I guess the question here is, what is your health worth to you?