Evaluation of solanesol as a tracer for environmental tobacco smoke

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SJ Reynolds, C Achutan, W Groves, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, The University of Iowa

The health risks to smokers from inhaling mainstream cigarette smoke are well know. In addition, there is growing evidence of risks posed to the health of non-smokers due to involuntary (passive) inhalation of Environmental Tobacco Smoke. However, epidemiological studies that investigate the relationship between ETS and health effects are seriously hindered for lack of a specific and sensitive tracer for ETS. The goals of this pilot project are to evaluate the use of solanesol as a suitable tracer for ETS in various indoor settings and compare it to nicotine, a widely used specific but not sensitive tracer for ETS.