Asia Second Hand Smoke (SHS) Monitoring Project

The study focuses on indoor air quality and secondhand smoke in public areas. Its objectives are to:

  • Determine levels of indoor air nicotine and particulate matter (PM 2.5) in public places: health care facilities, educational settings, governmental institutions, entertainment venues and food establishments.
  • Identify factors related to differences in levels of indoor SHS exposure such as: city, building type, smoking restriction policies, building characteristics.
  • Establish baseline levels of SHS exposure to support more progressive smoke-free policies and to monitor and evaluate progress towards smoke-free countries.

In order to support implementation of the study and dissemination of study results, one researcher and one communication specialist from CCRD were invited to join a Workshop on Using Data on SHS Exposure for Policy and Action organized in Kobe Japan from 13th-17th July, 2009. Workshop participants came from 9 countries that are included in the projects. They were all guided in detail how to use air nicotine monitor a TSI SidePAK, PM 2.5 monitor. The experiences in disseminating the data were also shared and discussed in the workshop.

The study started from January, 2010. CCRD collected indoor air quality data in 35 places, including 05 hospitals, 05 secondary schools, 05 government offices, 10 restaurants and 10 entertainment venues by using air nicotine monitors, PM2.5 monitoring and observations. 180 air monitors were placed in different locations in each place such as lobby/waiting room, working offices, cafeteria, toilet, stairwells, main dining areas, smoking and non-smoking areas for one week. TSI SidePak was used to record the level of PM 2.5 in the air. In each selected place, the sampling time for PM2.5 monitoring was 30 minutes and PM2.5 monitoring was be conducted both in locations where smokers are presently smoking and where smokers are not present. Observations were implemented by research field staffs during the time they placed air nicotine monitors and running PM2.5 monitors.

All data of the study is sent for analysis at the Exposure Assessment Facility at Johns Hopkins University.

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