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Epidemiol Prev. 2002 Jan-Feb;26(1):30-4.

[Real-time measurement of indoor particulate matter originating from environmental tobacco smoke: a pilot study].

[Article in Italian]

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Istituto senza fumo, Istituto nazionale per lo studio e la cura dei tumori, Milano.


Short-term measurement of suspended particulate matter has been recently made possible since the release of laser-operating portable instruments. Data of a pilot study of field evaluation of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) with a portable instrument are reported. We analysed the concentrations of total suspended particle (TSP) and of the fine particles PM10, PM7, PM2.5 and PM1 released indoor from a single cigarette, and their levels inside smoking- and non-smoking-areas of a restaurant. The results indicate that ETS creates high level indoor particulate pollution, with concentrations of PM10 exceeding air quality standards. This kind of field evaluation could allow a more careful assessing of short-term exposure to ETS and its relevance to public health.

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