Personalized report-back to renters on radon and tobacco smoke exposure

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Combined exposure to tobacco smoke and radon increases lung cancer risk, and renters are disproportionately exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS). A quota sample of renters (N = 47) received free radon and airborne nicotine test kits in a primary care setting to explore the impact of a personalized environmental report-back intervention on home exposure. Half of the sampled renters reported smokers living in the home. Taking actions to reduce radon and SHS exposure were assessed at baseline, and at 3-, 9-, and 15-months postintervention; home testing occurred at baseline and at 15 months. Stage of action in home testing and in adopting a smoke-free (SF) home policy increased from baseline to 3 months; we observed no further changes in stage of action over time. Airborne nicotine declined from baseline to 15 months (p = .031; n = 9). More research is needed to evaluate interventions to motivate renters and landlords to test and mitigate for radon and adopt SF policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-14
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Environmental Health
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2018

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgements: This project was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of NIEHS, NIGMS, or the National Institutes of Health.

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© Copyright 2018, National Environmental Health Association. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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