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Document ID (ISN)60835
CIS number 93-1637
ISSN - Serial title 0025-7818 - Medicina del lavoro
Year 1992
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gaffuri E., Maranelli G., Romeo L., Durigato S.
Title Exposure of office workers to tobacco smoke
Original title Esposizione al fumo di tabacco degli impiegati di un'azienda telefonica [in Italian]
Bibliographic information Nov.-Dec. 1992, Vol.83, No.86, p.596-604. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract Smoking habits were studied in a group of employees of a telephone company. Of the subjects interviewed, 34% were smokers. The non-smokers said that they were bothered by other people smoking everywhere and also to a considerable extent at the workplace. Differences between smokers and non-smokers and between exposed and non-exposed non-smokers were studied by measuring expired CO and urinary cotinine. An expired CO concentration of 10ppm discriminated between smokers and non-smokers. A mean urinary cotinine concentration of about 16ng/mg creatinine was found in the exposed non-smokers, corresponding to the direct smoking of 1/10 of a cigarette per day. The search for the metabolic phenotype of dextromethorphan, which was taken as an indicator of susceptibility to contract lung cancer, showed that there were no differences between smokers and non-smokers since the rapid metabolisers, and therefore subjects potentially exposed to risk of lung cancer due to tobacco smoke, prevailed in both groups.
Descriptors (primary) smoking; offices; passive smoking
Descriptors (secondary) lung cancer; determination in urine; individual susceptibility
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Smoking
Office work
Passive smoking