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Evaluation of office ETS exposure in relation to AB13

Institution: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Investigator(s): William Fisk, B.S., M.S.
Award Cycle: 1999 (Cycle 8) Grant #: 8RT-0157S Award: $208,554
Subject Area: General Biomedical Science
Award Type: Research Project Awards
Abstracts

Initial Award Abstract
The overall goal of this research is to investigate the effectiveness of smoking rooms in preventing exposures of occupants in areas adjoining these rooms to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). The objectives of LBNL’s proposed work are to evaluate the effects of smoking room design features and mode of operation on the leakage of air and ETS from the smoking room to the surrounding interior space. This research will result in information that can be used to improve the design and operation of smoking rooms.

A series of laboratory experiments will be performed in a simulated smoking room to quantify the rates of ETS leakage to a non-smoking area as a function of the physical characteristics and operation of the smoking room. A mathematical model of ETS leakage will also be developed, and modeled and measured ETS leakage rates will be compared. The performance of the model will also be compared to data collected in field studies performed in buildings within California.

The progress to date includes constructing the simulated smoking room in LBNL’s building 63 research chamber. Also, various equipment required for the research, such as the smoking machine and automatic door opener, have been designed and partially fabricated.

Experiments were also performed to choose the best real-time instrument to measure ETS during the study. Three instruments were used simultaneously to measure ETS while other sources of particles were in the sample. The data from all instruments were compared and based upon these comparisons, the best instrument for this study will be selected.

This research project is a collaboration between LBNL and the Public Health Institute (PHI). Leon Alevantis is the Principle Investigator of the portions of this project undertaken by PHI.
Publications

Designing for smoking rooms
Periodical: ASHRAE Journal Index Medicus:
Authors: Alevantis L, Wagner J, Fisk W, Sullivan D, Faulkner D, Gundel L, Waldman J, Flessel P ART
Yr: 2003 Vol: 45 Nbr: 7 Abs: Pg: 26-32

Environmental tobacco smoke leakage from smoking rooms.
Periodical: American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal Index Medicus:
Authors: Wagner J, Sullivan D, Faulkner D, Fisk W, Alevantis L, Dod R, Gundel L, Waldman J ART
Yr: 0 Vol: Nbr: Abs: Pg:

Evaluation of smoking room performance: survey results
Periodical: TRDRP Annual Report to the State of California Legislature Index Medicus:
Authors: Alevantis L, Waldman J, Tsai F, Flessel P ABS
Yr: 2002 Vol: Nbr: Abs: Pg:

Evaluation of smoking room performance: field tests
Periodical: TRDRP Annual Report to the State of California Legislature Index Medicus:
Authors: Fisk W, Wagner J, Sullivan D, Faulkner D, Alevantis L, Gundel L, Waldman J ABS
Yr: 2002 Vol: Nbr: Abs: Pg:

Evaluation of smoking room performance: survey results
Periodical: TRDRP Annual Report to the State of California Legislature Index Medicus:
Authors: ALevantis L, Liu K, Waldman J, Lucas L, Tsai F, Flessel P ABS
Yr: 2001 Vol: Nbr: Abs: Pg: