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Predictors of Indoor Air Concentrations in Smoking and Non-Smoking Residences


Heroux, M-E and Clark, N and Van Ryswyk, K and Mallick, R and Gilbert, NL and Harrison, I and Rispler, K and Wang, D and Anastassopoulos, A and Guay, M and MacNeill, M and Wheeler, AJ, Predictors of Indoor Air Concentrations in Smoking and Non-Smoking Residences, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 7, (8) pp. 3080-3099. ISSN 1660-4601 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/ijerph7083080


Indoor concentrations of air pollutants (benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, elemental carbon and ozone) were measured in residences in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Data were collected in 106 homes in winter and 111 homes in summer of 2007, with 71 homes participating in both seasons. In addition, data for relative humidity, temperature, air exchange rates, housing characteristics and occupants’ activities during sampling were collected. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to construct season-specific models for the air pollutants. Where smoking was a major contributor to indoor concentrations, separate models were constructed for all homes and for those homes with no cigarette smoke exposure. The housing characteristics and occupants’ activities investigated in this study explained between 11% and 53% of the variability in indoor air pollutant concentrations, with ventilation, age of home and attached garage being important predictors for many pollutants.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:residential indoor air quality, exposure; sources
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Occupational and workplace health and safety
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wheeler, AJ (Dr Amanda Wheeler)
ID Code:101110
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:44
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-06-10
Last Modified:2015-09-16
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