Estimation of personal exposure to ambient nicotine in daily environment

Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 1987;59(6):545-50. doi: 10.1007/BF00377917.


To evaluate the actual exposure level of nonsmokers to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in their daily life, the exposure level of ambient nicotine was measured with a nicotine personal monitor carried by a nonsmoker. Average exposure levels of nicotine, even in such smoky places as cars, coffee shops and pubs, were less than 45 micrograms/m3. As a result of all-day monitoring, the highest amount of nicotine inhaled in a day was estimated, in this study, to be up to 310 micrograms, equivalent to actively smoking 0.31 ordinary cigarettes.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants / analysis*
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Humans
  • Nicotine / analysis*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / analysis*


  • Air Pollutants
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution
  • Nicotine