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Air Nicotine Monitoring

Vapor-phase nicotine, or airborne nicotine, is the most widely used SHS marker to estimate exposure. Nicotine is well-correlated with the number of cigarettes smoked1 and provides a reasonable estimate of exposure to SHS2. Air nicotine is measured by hanging a passive nicotine monitor in a room or office building over a period of days. Its filter is treated with sodium bisulfate, so that when air passes through the filter, nicotine in the air is absorbed into the filter.

To start your Air Nicotine Monitoring Training, complete the steps below:


Section A | download transcript

Section B | download transcript

Training Video

How to monitor air nicotine | download transcript

Additional Materials:

1 Leaderer, 1991.
2 Daisey, 1999.


This project is funded by the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use and the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI), developed in consultation with Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University of Southern California, Institute for Global Health.