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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Monitoring secondhand tobacco smoke remotely in real-time: A simple low-cost approach
Author(s): Dobson, Ruaraidh
Rosen, Laura
Semple, Sean
Keywords: monitoring
environmental tobacco smoke
indoor air quality
secondhand smoke
Issue Date: 5-Mar-2019
Citation: Dobson R, Rosen L & Semple S (2019) Monitoring secondhand tobacco smoke remotely in real-time: A simple low-cost approach. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 17 (March), Art. No.: 18.
Abstract: Introduction: Secondhand smoke (SHS) in the home is a serious cause of ill-health, especially for children. SHS indoors can be indirectly measured using particulate matter monitors, and interventions have been developed using feedback from these monitors to encourage smoke-free homes. These interventions often use data that are several days out of date, as the data must be downloaded manually from monitors. It would be advantageous to access this information remotely in real-time to provide faster feedback to intervention participants. Methods: Using off-the-shelf computer components and the Dylos DC1700 air quality monitor, a portable internet-connected monitor was developed that can send data to a server remotely. Four of these monitors were tested in homes in Israel to test the reliability of the connection. Data were downloaded from the monitor’s onboard memory and compared to the data sent to the server. Results: Eight homes were monitored for 4 to 6 days, with a combined total count of 44 days. Less than 1% of data was lost, with no outage lasting longer than 1 hour 45 minutes. There was no significant difference in the mean concentrations measured in homes between mobile-transmitted data and data downloaded directly. Conclusions: This system appears to be a reliable way to monitor remotely home air quality for use in intervention studies, and could potentially have applications in other related research. Laboratories that own Dylos DC1700s may wish to consider converting them to such a system to obtain a cost-effective way of overcoming limitations in the Dylos design.
DOI Link: 10.18332/tid/104577
Rights: © 2019 Dobson R. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. (
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