241554 Tobacco Intrusion Investigations: An effective tool in strengthening urban public health policy development

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 5:30 PM

Thomas Dumyahn, MS (Env Hlth Science) , Physics Department, Environmental Engineering Program, Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Jalal Ghaemghami, PhD , School of Public Health, Walden University, Boston, MA
The air exchange between units in a multi-unit residential building is one of many routes for tobacco smoke intrusion. There is only a handful of rules and policies addressing this issue where quality of life and health of a non-smoker may be adversely affected by the tobacco smoke intrusion. It is believed that use of third party investigators with expertise and appropriate equipment results in a reasonable conclusion and increases likelihood of strengthening future policies and possible public health laws. This report describes the applied methods of measurement, nature of the problem, and collaboration among involved parties as factors required for reaching an acceptable remedy. Those include physical and structural changes to create barrier between units, developing new policies to enhance communication and quality of life for all parties, initiating effective approaches applicable to drafting new leasing or purchasing contract, and public health policy modification.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the use of standard, low cost, IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) measurements to document TSI (Tobacco Smoke Intrusion) in private/public multi-unit residential structures. Explain use of data in pursuing legal cases. Describe use of third party investigators to increase credibility of data in TSI cases. Describe the collaboration with all parties needed to build a legally sound case.

Keywords: Tobacco Policy, Environmental Exposures

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: More than 25 years of experience in both ambient and indoor environmental measurements. I am professionally responsible for the quality and integrity of the data used for this presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.