Medición de la exposición al humo ambiental de tabaco en centros de enseñanza, centros sanitarios, medios de transporte y lugares de ocio.

Translated title of the contribution: Measurement of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in education centers, health centers, transport facilities and leisure places

María J. López, Manel Nebot, Juan Sallés, Eulàlia Serrahima, Francesc Centrich, Olga Juárez, Carles Ariza

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To describe levels of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in various public places in Barcelona (Spain). MATERIAL AND METHOD: Vapor-phase nicotine was measured with passive samplers containing a sodium bisulfate treated filter with a 37 mm diameter. The places sampled were primary and secondary schools, hospitals, primary care centers, train stations, subways, universities, airports, restaurants and discotheques. RESULTS: Primary and secondary schools and health centers had the lowest levels of ETS exposure, with mean concentrations of less than 1 microg/m3. The mean values found in transport and universities were 2.16 microg/m3 in train stations, 3.30 microg/m3 in subways, 4.30 microg/m3 in airports and 4.97 microg/m3 in universities. The highest concentrations were found in restaurants and discotheques, with mean values of 12.36 microg/m3 in restaurants and 130.65 microg/m3 in discotheques. All samples taken from primary and secondary schools, airports, subways, restaurants and discotheques contained ETS. Likewise, 90% of the samples taken from train stations and 96% of those from universities contained ETS. Seventy-nine percent of the samples from hospitals and 58% of those from primary care centers contained ETS. CONCLUSIONS: The results confirm that passive smoking is an important public health problem in Spain and that greater efforts are needed to enforce smoke-free policies in public spaces and workplaces.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)451-457
Number of pages7
JournalGaceta sanitaria / S.E.S.P.A.S
Volume18
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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López, M. J., Nebot, M., Sallés, J., Serrahima, E., Centrich, F., Juárez, O., & Ariza, C. (2004). Medición de la exposición al humo ambiental de tabaco en centros de enseñanza, centros sanitarios, medios de transporte y lugares de ocio. Gaceta sanitaria / S.E.S.P.A.S, 18(6), 451-457.