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Passive exposure of non-smokers to E-Cigarette aerosols: Sensory irritation, timing and association with volatile organic compounds

Citation
Tzortzi A, Teloniatis S, Matiampa G, Bakelas G, Tzavara C, Vyzikidou VK, Vardavas C, Behrakis P, Fernandez E & 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

Abstract
Aim The current study examined symptoms of irritation reported by non-smokers passively exposed to e-cigarette aerosols and their timing and association with the concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced. Methods 40 healthy non-smoking adults were exposed to e-cigarette aerosols for 30 min in a 35 m3 room. Second-hand e-cigarette aerosol (SHA) was produced by an experienced e-cigarette user using a standardized topography and two resistance settings (exposure 0.5 Ohm and 1.5 Ohm), in addition to a control session (no emissions). PM2.5 and PM1.0 were continuously measured over the duration of exposure, while Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) were recorded at 0, 15 and 30 min (t0, t15 and t30) of exposure. Each participant completed an irritation questionnaire at t0, t15, t30 of exposure and t60 (30 min post-exposure) on ocular, nasal, throat-respiratory symptoms of irritation and general complaints. Kruskal-Wallis H test for PM comparisons, repeated measures ANOVA for VOCs and Generalized Estimating Equations for symptoms of irritation and association with VOCs were used for statistical analysis. Results 20 males and 20 females, with a mean age of 24.6 years (SD = 4.3) and exhaled CO 

Keywords
Volatile organic compounds; Ultrafine particulates; Sensory irritatione-cigarettes; Second-hand aerosol

Journal
Environmental Research: Volume 182

StatusPublished
Author(s)Tzortzi, Anna; Teloniatis, Stephanie; Matiampa, George; Bakelas, Gerasimos; Tzavara, Chara; Vyzikidou, Vergina Konstantina; Vardavas, Constantine; Behrakis, Pangiotis; Fernandez, Esteve; Dobson, Ruaraidh
FundersHorizon 2020, Generalitat de Catalunya, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, European Regional Development Fund and Federación Española de Enfermedades Raras
Publication date31/03/2020
Publication date online31/12/2019
Date accepted by journal25/11/2019
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN0013-9351
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