Project at a Glance

Title: Toxic volatile organic compounds in environmental tobacco smoke: emission factors for modeling exposures of California populations.

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Daisey, J M

Contractor: UC Berkeley

Contract Number: A133-186

Research Program Area: Health & Exposure

Topic Areas: Indoor Air Quality, Modeling, Toxic Air Contaminants


The primary objective of this study was to measure emission factors for selected toxic air contaminants in environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) using a room-sized environmental chamber. The emissions of 23 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including 1,3-butadiene, three aldehydes and two vapor-phase N-nitrosamines were determined for six commercial brands of cigarettes and reference cigarette 1R4F. The commercial brands were selected to represent 62.5% of the cigarettes smoked in California. For each brand, three cigarettes were machine smoked in the chamber. The experiments were conducted over four hours to investigate the effects of aging. Emission factors of the target compounds were also determined for sidestream smoke (SS).

For almost all target compounds, the ETS emission factors were significantly higher than the corresponding SS values probably due to less favorable combustion conditions and wall losses in the SS apparatus. Where valid comparisons could be made, the ETS emission factors were generally in good agreement with the literature. Therefore, the ETS emission factors, rather than the SS values, are recommended for use in models to estimate population exposures from this source. The variabilities in the emission factors (g per cigarette) of the selected toxic air contaminants among brands were generally similar. Differences amond brands were related to the smoked lengths of the cigarettes and the masses of consumed tobacco. Metholation and whether a cigarette was classified as "light" or "regular" did not significantly affect emissions. Aging was determined not to be a significant factor for the target compounds. There were, however, deposition losses of the less volatile compounds to chamber surfaces.

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