High particulate matter burden by cigarillos: a laser spectrometric analysis of second-hand smoke of common brands with and without filter

  • Although the global tobacco market of cigarillos is substantial, little is known about their particulate matter (PM) emissions. For exposure risk assessment of cigarillos, the PM fractions PM10, PM2.5, and PM1 of eight cigarillo brands (four with filters) and a reference cigarette were measured. For this purpose, second-hand smoke was generated by an automatic smoke pump in a measuring chamber with a volume of 2.88 m³. The mean particle concentrations of the cigarillos ranged from 2783 μg/m³ to 6686 μg/m³ for PM10, from 2767 μg/m³ to 6585 μg/m³ for PM2.5, and from 2441 to 4680 μg/m³ for PM1. Mean concentrations of the reference cigarette for PM10, PM2.5, and PM1 were 4400 μg/m³, 4335 μg/m³, and 3289 μg/m³, respectively. Filter-tipped cigarillos showed between 5% and 38% lower PM10 and PM2.5 levels, respectively, and between 4% and 30% lower PM1 levels. Our findings show generally high PM emissions for all investigated tobacco products. Therefore, the declaration of PM amounts to government authorities should be mandatory for all tobacco products. Policymakers should ensure that corresponding information will be provided in the future.

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Author:Markus BraunORCiD, Maike Dehm, Doris KlingelhöferORCiD, Jan David Alexander GronebergORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):PLOS ONE
Place of publication:San Francisco, California, US
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/07/09
Date of first Publication:2021/07/09
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/10/14
Tag:Combustion; Health surveys; Lasers; Nicotine; Particulates; Smoking habits; Tar; Tobacco
Issue:7, art. e0254537
Page Number:12
First Page:1
Last Page:12
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0