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

Epidemiol Prev. 2002 Jan-Feb;26(1):30-4.
[Article in Italian]


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution, Indoor / analysis*
  • Humans
  • Pilot Projects
  • Public Health*
  • Time Factors
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / analysis*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution