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PROTOTYPE NICOTINE MEASURING DEVICE PROMISES PROTECTION FROM SECOND HAND SMOKE IN THE AIR
Posted On February 15, 2016
As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet explains, there are 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke and apart from their high toxicity levels, 70 of them can cause cancer. And guess what, you do not have to be a smoker to get affected by these chemicals. Yes, it’s a morbid ‘gift’ to you from your tobacco loving relatives, friends, family members, and even strangers. Second hand smoking is a serious issue and nearly 2,500,000 nonsmokers have died from nicotine exposure since 1964. Fortunately, researchers in Dartmouth, USA have successfully designed a prototype device to measure second and third hand smoke levels in your premises.
Here Is How the Device Works
This nicotine-measuring device has built-in polymer films that can collect nicotine from the air and measure it. The recorded data is then saved in a memory card. You can find out the level of nicotine in the air and the point where the exposure occurred. You can even find out how many cigarettes were burned to create the measured nicotine level in the air. Being smaller than a modern cell phone, these devices are also easy to carry. This device can help in tracking and taking care of third hand smoke issues as well. The device can even identify nicotine off-gassing from your car seats, furniture, and clothing.
What Can We Expect
Although it is still a prototype, Dartmouth researchers are hoping that in a few years an affordable version of this device will hit the market. With access to this device, everyone can measure and check just how toxic their residence, office, and surrounding environment have become. When the damage from tobacco smoke stares people in the eyes, it will be easy for smokers to make the decision of quitting the killer habit.
It is quite easy to understand that a nicotine measuring device can be the best way for smokers to understand the impact of their one bad habit. And it can help the non smokers to protect themselves from the harmful effects of tobacco fumes. Awareness is the key, however, just knowing is not enough. If you are a victim of passive smoking, you can now download our free app and use it to report any violation.