Dr Sean Semple

Associate Professor

Institute for Social Marketing University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Sean Semple

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About me

Sean joined the Institute of Social Marketing in January 2018 after 20 years working at the University of Aberdeen. He is interested in human exposure science with particular emphasis on the health effects of indoor air pollution, tobacco control research, and occupational epidemiology. His translational research work is focused on air quality measurement and interventions relating to second-hand smoke, biomass fuel smoke and workplace inhalation hazards.  

Research (12)

Sean is the author of over 150 research publications cited over 4600 times, and editor of text-book ‘Monitoring Health Hazards at Work’ (translated in to Chinese, 2012).

He is/has recently been chief investigator or co-investigator on research projects from the MRC, European Commission (H2020), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and the Chief Scientist’s Office (Scotland). Sean's recent research program has had a significant impact on public health policy to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke in Scotland. He was chief Investigator of the BHETSE study which was seminal in examining how Scotland’s smoke-free law impacted on air quality and workers’ health. This work was adapted for use in England and Wales, used as an international example of how to examine the effects of legislation designed to improve public health, and is now cited in MRC guidance for the evaluation of natural experiments. He serves on the Scottish Government’s Research and Evaluation Working Group on Tobacco Control and worked closely with policy makers on a Parliamentary Member’s bill to prohibit smoking in cars carrying children. Research from his team was influential on the recent Scottish Government media campaign to reduce the number of children exposed to second-hand smoke at home by 50% by 2020. 

Sean has a wide range of international collaborations with academics, policy makers, public and third-sector organisations including: Action for Smoking & Health Scotland, the University of Edinburgh, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (where he is a visiting professor), Makerere University Uganda, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Imperial College London and NHS Lanarkshire.

Projects

COmmunities Facilitating incREasing Smoke-free Homes’ (CO-FRESH)
PI: Dr Sean Semple
Funded by: Medical Research Council

From fuel to pot: an interdisciplinary partnership to address the role of solid fuel use in food preparation in the household in Kenya and Malawi.
PI: Dr Isabelle Uny
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Non-communicable lung disease in Kenya: from burden and early life determinants to participatory inter-disciplinary solutions (Tupumue)
PI: Dr Heather Price
Funded by: Medical Research Council

Protecting those who care for us: domiciliary workers and exposure to second-hand smoke (stage 1)
PI: Dr Sean Semple
Funded by: The Colt Foundation

MyFamily MySmoke: Protecting my family from second-hand smoke: let’s get it right outside.
PI: Dr Sean Semple
Funded by: The British Council

Rapid Evaluation and Modelling of Changes in Personal Exposure to the Particulate Air Pollution (PM2.5) During the Response to the Covid-19 Epidemic in the United Kingdom
PI: Dr Sean Semple
Funded by: National Institute for Health Research

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Novel Workplace Interventions in Protecting Healthcare Workers from Virus Infection
PI: Dr Sean Semple
Funded by: Chief Scientist Office

Muslim Communities Learning About Second-hand Smoke in Bangladesh (MCLASS II): An effectiveness-implementation hybrid study
PI: Dr Sean Semple
Funded by: Medical Research Council

Evaluating Graduated Progress towards and Impacts of the Implementation of Indoor Smokefree prison facilities in Scotland
PI: Professor Kate Hunt
Funded by: National Institute for Health Research

Luli - Lung Health in Africa Across the Life Course
PI: Dr Sean Semple
Funded by: Medical Research Council

Tackling secondhand tobacco smoke and e-cigarette emissions: exposure assessment, novel interventions, impact on lung diseases and economic burden in diverse European populations.
PI: Dr Sean Semple
Funded by: European Commission (Horizon 2020)

Developing interventions to encourage smoke-fee homes in Malaysia
PI: Dr Sean Semple
Funded by: The British Council

Outputs (196)

Outputs

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Article

Nogueira SO, Fu M, Lugo A, Tigova O, Henderson E, López MJ, Clancy L, Semple S, Soriano JB, Fernandez E, Gallus S & the TackSHS Project Investigators (2022) Non-smokers' and smokers' support for smoke-free legislation in 14 indoor and outdoor settings across 12 European countries. Environmental Research, 204 (Part C), Art. No.: 112224. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2021.112224

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Keogan S, Alonso T, Sunday S, Tigova O, Fernández E, López MJ, Gallus S, Semple S, Tzortzi A, Boffi R, Gorini G, López-Nicolás Á, Radu-Loghin C, Soriano JB & Clancy L (2021) Lung function changes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma exposed to secondhand smoke in outdoor areas. Journal of Asthma, 58 (9), pp. 1169-1175. https://doi.org/10.1080/02770903.2020.1766062

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Mdege ND, Fairhurst C, Wang H, Ferdous T, Marshall A, Hewitt C, Huque R, Jackson C, Kellar I, Parrott S, Semple S, Sheikh A, Wu Q, Al Azdi Z & Siddiqi K (2021) Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a community-based smoke-free-home intervention with or without indoor-air-quality feedback in Bangladesh (MCLASS II): a three-arm, cluster-randomised, controlled trial. Lancet Global Health, 9 (5), pp. E639-E650. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X%2821%2900040-1

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Amalia B, Fu M, Tigova O, Ballbè M, Castellano Y, Semple S, Clancy L, Vardavas C, López MJ, Cortés N, Pérez-Ortuño R, Pascual JA & Fernández E (2021) Environmental and individual exposure to secondhand aerosol of electronic cigarettes in confined spaces: Results from the TackSHS Project. Indoor Air, 31 (5), pp. 1601-1613. https://doi.org/10.1111/ina.12841

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Henderson E, Continente X, Fernández E, Tigova O, Cortés-Francisco N, Gallus S, Lugo A, Semple S, Dobson R, Clancy L, Keogan S, Ruprecht A, Borgini A, Tzortzi A & O'Donnell R (2021) Secondhand smoke exposure assessment in outdoor hospitality venues across 11 European countries. Environmental Research, 200, Art. No.: 111355. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2021.111355

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Mackay DF, Turner SW, Semple SE, Dick S & Pell JP (2021) Associations between smoke-free vehicle legislation and childhood admissions to hospital for asthma in Scotland: an interrupted time-series analysis of whole-population data. Lancet Public Health, 6 (8), pp. E579-E586. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667%2821%2900129-8

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Carreras G, Lachi A, Cortini B, Gallus S, López MJ, Lopez-Nicolas A, Soriano JB, Fernandez E, Tigova O, Gorini G, Semple S, O'Donnell R & Dobson R (2021) Burden of disease from second-hand tobacco smoke exposure at home among adults from European Union countries in 2017: an analysis using a review of recent meta-analyses. Preventive Medicine, 145, Art. No.: 106412. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106412

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Borgini A, Veronese C, De Marco C, Boffi R, Tittarelli A, Bertoldi M, Fernández E, Tigova O, Gallus S, Lugo A, Gorini G, Carreras G, Lopez MJ, Semple S & Dobson R (2021) Particulate matter in aerosols produced by two last generation electronic cigarettes: a comparison in a real-world environment. Pulmonology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pulmoe.2021.03.005

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Amalia B, Rodríguez A, Henderson E, Fu M, Continente X, Tigova O, Semple S, Clancy L, Gallus S, Fernández E, López MJ & the TackSHS Project Investigators (2021) How widespread is electronic cigarette use in outdoor settings? A field check from the TackSHS project in 11 European countries. Environmental Research, 193, Art. No.: 110571. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.110571

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Amalia B, Liu X, Lugo A, Fu M, Odone A, van den Brandt PA, Semple S, Clancy L, Soriano JB, Fernández E & Gallus S (2021) Exposure to secondhand aerosol of electronic cigarettes in indoor settings in 12 European countries: data from the TackSHS survey. Tobacco Control, 30 (1), pp. 49-56. https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2019-055376

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Demou E, Dobson R, Sweeting H, Brown A, Sidwell S, O'Donnell R, Hunt K & Semple S (2020) From smoking-permitted to smokefree prisons: a 3-year evaluation of the changes in occupational exposure to second-hand smoke across a national prison system. Annals of Work Exposures and Health, 64 (9), pp. 959-969. https://doi.org/10.1093/annweh/wxaa073

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Henderson E, Continente X, Fernández E, Tigova O, Cortés-Francisco N, Gallus S, Lugo A, Semple S, O'Donnell R, Clancy L, Keogan S, Ruprecht A, Borgini A, Tzortzi A & Dobson R (2020) Secondhand smoke exposure and other signs of tobacco consumption at outdoor entrances of primary schools in 11 European countries. Science of the Total Environment, 743, Art. No.: 140743. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140743

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Awokola BI, Okello G, Mortimer KJ, Jewell CP, Erhart A & Semple S (2020) Measuring air quality for advocacy in Africa (MA3): Feasibility and practicality of longitudinal ambient PM2.5 measurement using low-cost sensors. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (9), Art. No.: 7243. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197243

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Turner S, Mackay D, Dick S, Semple S & Pell JP (2020) Associations between a smoke-free homes intervention and childhood admissions to hospital in Scotland: an interrupted time-series analysis of whole-population data. Lancet Public Health, 5 (9), pp. e493-e500. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667%2820%2930178-X

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Mortimer K, Lesosky M, Semple S, Malava J, Katundu C, Crampin A, Wang D, Weston W, Pope D, Havens D, Gordon SB & Balmes J (2020) Pneumonia and exposure to household air pollution in children under the age of 5 years in rural Malawi findings from the Cooking And Pneumonia Study. Chest, 158 (2), pp. 501-511. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2020.03.064

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Dobson R, O'Donnell R, Tigova O, Fu M, Enríquez M, Fernandez E, Carreras G, Gorini G, Verdi S, Borgini A, Tittarelli A, Veronese C, Ruprecht A, Vyzikidou V, Tzortzi A, Vardavas C & Semple S (2020) Measuring for change: A multi-centre pre-post trial of an air quality feedback intervention to promote smoke-free homes. Environment International, 140, Art. No.: 105738. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.105738

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Tzortzi A, Teloniatis S, Matiampa G, Bakelas G, Tzavara C, Vyzikidou VK, Vardavas C, Behrakis P, Fernandez E, Semple S, O'Donnell R & Dobson R (2020) Passive exposure of non-smokers to E-Cigarette aerosols: Sensory irritation, timing and association with volatile organic compounds. Environmental Research, 182, Art. No.: 108963. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2019.108963

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Fernández E, López MJ, Gallus S, Semple S, Clancy L, Behrakis P, Ruprecht A, Gorini G, López-Nicolás Á, Radu-Loghin C, Soriano JB, Castellano Y, Fu M, O'Donnell R & Dobson R (2020) Tackling second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke and aerosols of electronic cigarettes: the TackSHS project protocol [Abordando la exposición a las emisiones del tabaco y de los cigarrillos electrónicos: protocolo del proyecto TackSHS]. Gaceta Sanitaria, 34 (1), pp. 77-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2019.07.002

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Nafees AA, De Matteis S, Kadir MM, Burney P, Coggon D, Semple S & Cullinan P (2019) MultiTex RCT - a multifaceted intervention package for protection against cotton dust exposure among textile workers - a cluster randomized controlled trial in Pakistan: study protocol. Trials, 20, Art. No.: 722. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-019-3743-3

Meeting Abstract

Hunt K, Brown A, Semple S, Eadie D, Sweeting H, Demou E, Leyland A, Craig P, Dobson R & Bauld L (2019) OP88 Evaluating the move to, and implementation in 2018 of, smoke-free prison policy in scotland: the tobacco in prisons study (TIPS). Society for Social Medicine and Population Health and International Epidemiology Association European Congress Annual Scientific Meeting 2019, Hosted by the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health and International Epidemiology Association (IEA), School of Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 4–6 September 2019, University College Cork. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 73 (Suppl 1), Art. No.: A44. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2019-ssmabstracts.92

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Mdege N, Fairhurst C, Ferdous T, Hewitt C, Huque R, Jackson C, Kellar I, Parrott S, Semple S, Sheikh A, Swami S & Siddiqi K (2019) Muslim Communities Learning about Second-hand Smoke in Bangladesh (MCLASS II): Study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial of a community-based smoke-free homes intervention, with or without Indoor Air Quality feedback. Trials, 20 (1), Art. No.: 11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-018-3100-y

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Dobson R & Semple S (2018) "How do you know those particles are from cigarettes?": An algorithm to help differentiate second-hand tobacco smoke from background sources of household fine particulate matter. Environmental Research, 166, pp. 344-347. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2018.06.019

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Quansah R, Semple S, Ochieng CA, Juvekar S, Armah FA, Luginah I, Luginah I & Emina J (2017) Effectiveness of interventions to reduce household air pollution and/or improve health in homes using solid fuel in low-and-middle income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Environment International, 103, pp. 73-90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2017.03.010

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Gaihre S, Kyle J, Semple S, Smith J, Subedi M & Marais D (2016) Type and extent of trans-disciplinary co-operation to improve food security, health and household environment in low and middle income countries: Systematic review. BMC Public Health, 16 (1), Art. No.: 1093. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3731-4

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Morgan H, Treasure E, Tabib M, Johnston M, Dunkley C, Ritchie D, Semple S & Turner S (2016) An interview study of pregnant women who were provided with indoor air quality measurements of second hand smoke to help them quit smoking. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16 (1), Art. No.: 305. https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=&doi=10.1186%2fs12884-016-1062-1&partnerID=40&md5=b64b82732418b6c644111e8f18c040a5; https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-016-1062-1

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Jackson-Morris A, Bleymann K, Lyall E, Aslam F, Bam TS, Chowdhury I, Daouda EA, Espinosa M, Romo J, Singh RJ & Semple S (2016) Low-cost air quality monitoring methods to assess compliance with smoke-free regulations: A multi-center study in six lowand middle-income countries. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 18 (5), pp. 1258-1264. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntv290

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Paudyal P, Semple S, Gaihre S, Steiner MF, Niven R & Ayres JG (2015) Respiratory symptoms and cross-shift lung function in relation to cotton dust and endotoxin exposure in textile workers in Nepal: A cross-sectional study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 72 (12), pp. 870-876. https://doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2014-102718

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Karakitsios S, Asikainen A, Garden C, Semple S, De Brouwere K, Galea K, Sanchez-Jimenez A, Gotti A, Jantunen M & Sarigiannis D (2015) Integrated exposure for risk assessment in indoor environments based on a review of concentration data on airborne chemical pollutants in domestic environments in Europe. Indoor and Built Environment, 24 (8), pp. 1110-1146. https://doi.org/10.1177/1420326X14534865

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Mason HJ, Smith I, Anua SM, Tagiyeva N, Semple S & Devereux G (2015) Levels of house dust mite allergen in cars [Razine alergena prašinskih grinja u automobilima]. Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju, 66 (3), pp. 209-212. https://doi.org/10.1515/aiht-2015-66-2684

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Quansah R, Ochieng CA, Semple S, Juvekar S, Emina J, Armah FA & Luginaah I (2015) Effectiveness of interventions to reduce indoor air pollution and/or improve health in homes using solid fuel in lower and middle income countries: Protocol for a systematic review. Systematic Reviews, 4, Art. No.: 22. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-015-0012-8

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Ritchie D, Amos A, Shaw A, O'Donnell R, Semple S, Turner S & Martin C (2015) How do policy advisors and practitioners prioritise the protection of children from secondhand smoke exposure in a country with advanced tobacco control policy?. Tobacco Control, 24 (1), pp. 70-76. https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050936

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