Feasibility of Measuring Tobacco Smoke Air Pollution in Homes: Report from a Pilot Study
AbstractTobacco smoke air pollution (TSAP) measurement may persuade parents to adopt smoke-free homes and thereby reduce harm to children from tobacco smoke in the home. In a pilot study involving 29 smoking families, a Sidepak was used to continuously monitor home PM2.5 during an 8-h period, Sidepak and/or Dylos monitors provided real-time feedback, and passive nicotine monitors were used to measure home air nicotine for one week. Feedback was provided to participants in the context of motivational interviews. Home PM2.5 levels recorded by continuous monitoring were not well-accepted by participants because of the noise level. Also, graphs from continuous monitoring showed unexplained peaks, often associated with sources unrelated to indoor smoking, such as cooking, construction, or outdoor sources. This hampered delivery of a persuasive message about the relationship between home smoking and TSAP. By contrast, immediate real-time PM2.5 feedback (with Sidepak or Dylos monitor) was feasible and provided unambiguous information; the Dylos had the additional advantages of being more economical and quieter. Air nicotine sampling was complicated by the time-lag for feedback and questions regarding shelf-life. Improvement in the science of TSAP measurement in the home environment is needed to encourage and help maintain smoke-free homes and protect vulnerable children. Recent advances in the use of mobile devices for real-time feedback are promising and warrant further development, as do accurate methods for real-time air nicotine air monitoring. View Full-Text
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Rosen, L.; Zucker, D.; Hovell, M.; Brown, N.; Ram, A.; Myers, V. Feasibility of Measuring Tobacco Smoke Air Pollution in Homes: Report from a Pilot Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 15129-15142.
Rosen L, Zucker D, Hovell M, Brown N, Ram A, Myers V. Feasibility of Measuring Tobacco Smoke Air Pollution in Homes: Report from a Pilot Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015; 12(12):15129-15142.Chicago/Turabian Style
Rosen, Laura; Zucker, David; Hovell, Melbourne; Brown, Nili; Ram, Amit; Myers, Vicki. 2015. "Feasibility of Measuring Tobacco Smoke Air Pollution in Homes: Report from a Pilot Study." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12, no. 12: 15129-15142.