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Methods for Monitoring Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) in the Environment

  • The concentration of any individual or group of ETS constituents in an enclosed space is a function of:
    o generation rate of the compounds of the contaminants
    o source consumption rate
    o ventilation or infiltration rate
    o concentration of contaminants of interest in the ventilation or infiltration air
    o degree to which the air is mixed
    o removal of the contaminants by surfaces or chemical transformations
    o effectiveness of the air cleaning device that may be in use

  • ETS monitored by using tracers a proxy contaminants as indicators of ETS. A marker or tracer for quantifying ETS concentrations should be:
    o Unique to the tobacco smoke
    o Constituent of the tobacco smoke in sufficient quantity
    o Similar in emission rates for a variety of tobacco products
    o In a fairly consistent ratio to the individual contaminant of interest under a range of environmental conditions encountered and for a variety of tobacco products

  • Note: It is very difficult to measure ETS in environment because hard to find tracers that meet the criteria listed above. A list of caveats:
    o representatives of the air contaminant measured in total ETS in space may be unknown,
    o proxy air contaminant may have other sources besides ETS,
    o may not know smoking rates or numbers of smokers,
    o may not know building filtration/air exchange rates
    o difficult because compounds present in both vapor and particulate phases, eg. nicotine, may not know how much in each phase since varies depending on length of time in air