A personal monitoring study to assess workplace exposure to environmental tobacco smoke

Am J Public Health. 1990 Aug;80(8):988-90. doi: 10.2105/ajph.80.8.988.


We enrolled 15 nonsmoking volunteers to evaluate the feasibility of measuring personal exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) at work and to characterize workplace exposures. During one workshift, we obtained questionnaires on exposure, saliva and urine for cotinine, and personal air samples for respirable particles and nicotine. The levels of cotinine, respirable particles, and nicotine varied widely with self-reports of exposure to ETS, but on average increased with increasing exposure.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Air Pollutants, Occupational / analysis*
  • Cotinine / analysis
  • Cotinine / urine
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Environmental Monitoring / methods*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nicotine / analysis
  • Saliva / analysis
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / analysis*


  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution
  • Nicotine
  • Cotinine