Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(2), 601-607; doi:10.3390/ijerph6020601
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Nicotine Contamination in Particulate Matter Sampling

1 Exposure, Epidemiology and Risk Program, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02215, USA 2 Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA 3 School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA 4 Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Section, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA 02130, USA 5 Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Received: 31 December 2008; Accepted: 4 February 2009 / Published: 9 February 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tobacco Smoking and Public Health)
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Abstract: We have addressed potential contamination of PM2.5 filter samples by nicotine from cigarette smoke. We collected two nicotine samples – one nicotine sampling filter was placed in-line after the collection of PM2.5 and the other stood alone. The overall correlation between the two nicotine filter levels was 0.99. The nicotine collected on the “stand-alone” filter was slightly greater than that on the “in-line” filter (mean difference = 1.10 μg/m3), but the difference was statistically significant only when PM2.5 was low (≤ 50 μg/m3). It is therefore important to account for personal and secondhand smoke exposure while assessing occupational and environmental PM.
Keywords: Nicotine; particulate matter; sampling filter; contamination; secondhand smoke exposure; cigarette smoke

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Chiu, Y.-H.; Hart, J.E.; Smith, T.J.; Hammond, S.K.; Garshick, E.; Laden, F. Nicotine Contamination in Particulate Matter Sampling. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 601-607.

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Chiu Y-H, Hart JE, Smith TJ, Hammond SK, Garshick E, Laden F. Nicotine Contamination in Particulate Matter Sampling. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(2):601-607.

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Chiu, Yueh-Hsiu; Hart, Jaime E.; Smith, Thomas J.; Hammond, S. Katharine; Garshick, Eric; Laden, Francine. 2009. "Nicotine Contamination in Particulate Matter Sampling." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 2: 601-607.

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