Dr Ruaraidh Dobson

Research Fellow

Institute for Social Marketing G10, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Ruaraidh Dobson

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I'm an exposure scientist working on air pollution and public health at the Institute for Social Marketing and Health, University of Stirling, Scotland. I joined ISMH in January 2018 following two and a half years at the Scottish Centre for Indoor Air, University of Aberdeen. My interests include second-hand tobacco smoke, e-cigarette aerosol exposure and the effects of wood-burning stoves on indoor and outdoor air.

Since February 2022 I have acted as UKRI Regional Clean Air Champion for Scotland, engaging with policymakers to share the latest research and innovation from the UK Clean Air projects.

Research (2)

My PhD looked at developing behaviour change interventions using low-cost air quality monitors to reduce second-hand smoke in homes in four European countries.

I'm interested in understanding personal exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5), with a focus on home exposures. I'm involved in work on biomass fuel smoke pollution across sub-Saharan Africa, collaborating with academics in Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa and the DRC to develop strategies to address this source of exposure in line with the UN sustainable development goals. I am also interested in exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke following indoor public places smoking bans, including occupational exposures of care workers entering clients' homes.

Projects

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

Clean the Air Better for Newborns (CABiN): Reducing Exposure to HAP During Pregnancy in Sub-Saharan Africa
PI: Dr Ruaraidh Dobson
Funded by: Academy of Medical Sciences

Outputs (29)

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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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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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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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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

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

Article

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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