Nicotine contamination in particulate matter sampling

Yueh Hsiu Chiu, Jaime E. Hart, Thomas J. Smith, S. Katharine Hammond, Eric Garshick, Francine Laden

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We have addressed potential contamination of PM2.5 filter samples by nicotine from cigarette smoke. We collected two nicotine samples - one nicotine sampling filter was placed in-line after the collection of PM 2.5 and the other stood alone. The overall correlation between the two nicotine filter levels was 0.99. The nicotine collected on the "stand-alone" filter was slightly greater than that on the "in-line" filter (mean difference = 1.10 μg/m3), but the difference was statistically significant only when PM2.5 was low (≤ 50 μg/m3). It is therefore important to account for personal and secondhand smoke exposure while assessing occupational and environmental PM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-607
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Cigarette smoke
  • Contamination
  • Nicotine
  • Particulate matter
  • Sampling filter
  • Secondhand smoke exposure


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