Measuring SHS exposure in public places in Hanoi - Vietnam for supporting policy

 

The Center for Community Health Research and Development (CCRD) in collaboration with The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHU) have completed the  “Asia Second Hand Smoke Monitoring Project ” in Hanoi in June, 2010. This objects to find the relationship between smoke and health by measuring  indoor air-quality and secondhand smoke in public areas (school, hospital, restaurant, etc…) Data collected were sent to experts at JHU to analyze by state-of-art machines and methodology. The results of this analysis will be used to support the development, implementation as well as the M&E of smoke-free policies in Vietnam.
 
Firstly, the results showed that smoke was found in all venues in this study with PM2.5 and  nicotine levels  were all higher than the WHO  standard (25 µg/m3). Within 30 minutes each day, visitors in smoke – positive places are exposed to smoke forth times as much as the WHO standard level. Since smoke produces PM 2.5, which leads to indoor air pollution, its level was the highest at entertainment venues, followed by at restaurants. PM2.5 level of government offices (indoors) had a lower than outdoors
 
Secondly, although any level of air nicotine exposure can be dangerous to adults and children, detectable levels of air nicotine were still found in all venues  in the research with the highest level in entertainment places, followed by restaurants, hospitals, governments and  lowest in schools.
 
The research results was selected to present at the 9th Asia Pacific on Tobacco or Health (APACT 2010) in Sydney, Australia.

 

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