affect of smoking

by lynn m
(cleveland, united states)

Van Cough painting

Van Cough painting

We need to find the affect of smoking. Is there something that is available to test the quality of air in an office? Smoking is permitted in a designated room, I would like to find out if this affects other rooms.


Barry's Response - Lynn:

I did a little searching on the web. It seems nothing specific to measuring the smoke concentration exists, as far as I can tell.

One of the most reliable ways to detect this is your own sense of smell, and that of other people. Keep an ear open for complaints. It's not quantitative data but it is what really matters.

Cigarette smoke is a rich blend (soup?) of substances, some toxic, others carcinogenic, and, together they give a fume with an enormous depth and considerable appeal. That is part of what makes cigarettes psychologically addictive.

What's in a good smoke? Nicotine, tar (particulates and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in a thick residue), carbon monoxide and ammonia. Add to that this list of carcinogens: butadiene, acetaldehyde, acrolein, acrylonitrile, arsenic, benzene, Dioxins and Furans, cresol, formaldehyde, and cyanide for starters. Other chemicals can include various aldehydes, keytones, toluene, selenium and a few metals such as nickel, chromium, cadmium and lead.

Very complicated. Quite dangerous. By the way...if you smoke marijuana, you expose yourself to many of the same contaminants.

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Your post is too short
by: Amit

hi,well i think we can sense it with our nose and there's nothing as of now to detect the ciggarette smoke in a room.

I expected more
by: Anonymous

My first impression was that this is a short post and it didn't hold my attention. I was looking for some answers and apparently, so are you.

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by: Anonymous

a) First impression: Ah, I would like to know something more about the effects of smoking... And look, there's a smoking skeleton!

b) How interesting was it? Well, there was really not very much information here. It could have been interesting though. Links maybe? More data? Facts on second hand smoke dangers? Thoughts on places that have smoking banned in all public buildings?

c) Would you like to explore any more of the site? I am not sure what I would find on the site. Is it all random Q/A?

d) What would you like to find on this site if you were to search? Well... I guess more information about what I was looking for. Such as, if I were the person who asked about the air quality indoors due to smoking, I would want to know more about that. Or at least where to find it.

by: Anonymous

OMG What a waste of time!
Berry, why can't you let this one go? you answered nothing and cleared nothing

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