[Development and application of the passive smoking monitor MoNIC]

Rev Med Suisse. 2008 Feb 13;4(144):430-3.
[Article in French]


A passive sampling device, called Monitor of NICotine (MoNIC), was constructed and evaluated by the laboratory of the Institute for Work and Health to determine nicotine in Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS). To support a large campaign on the subject of passive smoking, the CIPRET Valais gracefully distributed more than 1500 MoNIC badges to the Swiss population in order to measure ETS. Non-stimulated saliva was also collected to determine nicotine/cotinine levels of participating volunteers. The inhaled Cigarette Equivalents (CE) by non-smokers was calculated for non-smokers, based on a reference of 0.2 mg of nicotine per cigarette. Using the detected CE on the badge for non-smokers, and comparing it to the nicotine/cotinine levels in saliva, we could confirm the use of the CE concept for estimating exposure to ETS.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Humans
  • Nicotine / analysis*
  • Saliva / chemistry*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / analysis*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution
  • Nicotine