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Indoor fine particle (PM2.5) pollution exposure due to secondhand smoke in selected public places of Sri Lanka.
Am J Ind Med. 2012 Dec; 55(12):1129-36.AJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Secondhand smoke accounts for a considerable proportion of deaths due to tobacco smoke. Although the existing laws ban indoor smoking in public places in Sri Lanka, the level of compliance is unknown.

METHODS

Fine particulate matter (PM(2.5)) levels in 20 public places in Colombo, Sri Lanka were measured by a PM monitor (Model AM510-SIDEPAK Personal Aerosol Monitor). Different types of businesses (restaurants, bars, cafés, and entertainment venues) were selected by purposive sampling. Only the places where smoking was permitted were considered.

RESULTS

The average indoor PM(2.5) ranged from 33 to 299 µg/m(3). The average outdoor PM(2.5) ranged from 18 to 83 µg/m(3). The indoor to outdoor PM(2.5) ratio ranged from 1.05 to 14.93. In all venues, indoor PM(2.5) levels were higher than the Sri Lankan ambient PM(2.5) standard of 50 µg/m(3). All indoor locations had higher PM(2.5) levels as compared to their immediate outdoor surroundings.

CONCLUSION

The study highlights the importance of improving ventilation and enforcing laws to stop smoking in public places.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Evaluation and Research Unit, National Institute of Health Sciences, Ministry of Health, Kalutara, Sri Lanka. sumalnandasena@gmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22473526

Citation

Nandasena, Sumal, et al. "Indoor Fine Particle (PM2.5) Pollution Exposure Due to Secondhand Smoke in Selected Public Places of Sri Lanka." American Journal of Industrial Medicine, vol. 55, no. 12, 2012, pp. 1129-36.
Nandasena S, Wickremasinghe AR, Lee K, et al. Indoor fine particle (PM2.5) pollution exposure due to secondhand smoke in selected public places of Sri Lanka. Am J Ind Med. 2012;55(12):1129-36.
Nandasena, S., Wickremasinghe, A. R., Lee, K., & Sathiakumar, N. (2012). Indoor fine particle (PM2.5) pollution exposure due to secondhand smoke in selected public places of Sri Lanka. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 55(12), 1129-36. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22040
Nandasena S, et al. Indoor Fine Particle (PM2.5) Pollution Exposure Due to Secondhand Smoke in Selected Public Places of Sri Lanka. Am J Ind Med. 2012;55(12):1129-36. PubMed PMID: 22473526.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Indoor fine particle (PM2.5) pollution exposure due to secondhand smoke in selected public places of Sri Lanka. AU - Nandasena,Sumal, AU - Wickremasinghe,Ananda R, AU - Lee,Kiyoung, AU - Sathiakumar,Nalini, Y1 - 2012/04/02/ PY - 2012/03/07/accepted PY - 2012/4/5/entrez PY - 2012/4/5/pubmed PY - 2013/4/25/medline SP - 1129 EP - 36 JF - American journal of industrial medicine JO - Am J Ind Med VL - 55 IS - 12 N2 - BACKGROUND: Secondhand smoke accounts for a considerable proportion of deaths due to tobacco smoke. Although the existing laws ban indoor smoking in public places in Sri Lanka, the level of compliance is unknown. METHODS: Fine particulate matter (PM(2.5)) levels in 20 public places in Colombo, Sri Lanka were measured by a PM monitor (Model AM510-SIDEPAK Personal Aerosol Monitor). Different types of businesses (restaurants, bars, cafés, and entertainment venues) were selected by purposive sampling. Only the places where smoking was permitted were considered. RESULTS: The average indoor PM(2.5) ranged from 33 to 299 µg/m(3). The average outdoor PM(2.5) ranged from 18 to 83 µg/m(3). The indoor to outdoor PM(2.5) ratio ranged from 1.05 to 14.93. In all venues, indoor PM(2.5) levels were higher than the Sri Lankan ambient PM(2.5) standard of 50 µg/m(3). All indoor locations had higher PM(2.5) levels as compared to their immediate outdoor surroundings. CONCLUSION: The study highlights the importance of improving ventilation and enforcing laws to stop smoking in public places. SN - 1097-0274 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22473526/Indoor_fine_particle__PM2_5__pollution_exposure_due_to_secondhand_smoke_in_selected_public_places_of_Sri_Lanka_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22040 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -