Smokers sought for air quality study

Smokers sought for air quality study

Researchers in Aberdeen are seeking smokers for a study examining air quality within the home.

They want to hear from smokers who live in Aberdeen who smoke indoors and where electricity is used for cooking.

Carole Garden, Research Assistant at the University of Aberdeen, said: “With most people spending between 80 and 90% of their time indoors the quality of the air that we breathe can play a significant role in our health and well-being.

“It is hoped that the information collected will tell us something about the concentration of various chemicals found in our homes.

“The study is particularly interested in homes where there are open sources of combustion such as coal or wood fires, gas cooking and cigarette smoking.

“Currently we are looking to recruit households within Aberdeen where there is at least one adult who smokes inside and where electricity and not gas is used to cook meals.”

Taking part in the study would involve a trained researcher visiting the household for less than 30 minutes on three occasions to set up and collect the air monitoring equipment.

The project is a collaboration involving a team from the Population Health Sciences section at the University of Aberdeen, the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh and is funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the study should contact Carole Garden at c.garden@abdn.ac.uk or on 01224 558186.

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