Valid air monitoring studies have proven to have a profound effect on educating the public and policy makers on the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure and informing the debate around smoke-free policy initiatives.
Recent technological advances have provided relatively inexpensive portable instruments, such as the TSI Sidepak AM510 Aerosol Monitor, that can measure and record in real-time the levels of tobacco smoke pollutants in the air.
Mark Travers is a Research Scientist in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Mark has degrees in biomedical engineering and epidemiology and has devoted his career to providing the scientific basis for smoke-free air policies by researching exposure to tobacco smoke pollution and evaluating the effects of smoke-free air policies. He has conducted the largest study of tobacco smoke pollution exposure in the hospitality industry and his research has been featured in debates over smoke-free air legislation in dozens of communities. He has worked to provide sound scientific evidence to support smoke-free air policies and effectively communicate this evidence to researchers in a wide range of fields, national, state and local policy makers, the media, local advocacy groups and the lay public.
His current research is in validating the latest methods in air monitoring and integrating them with measurements of biological markers of exposure to tobacco smoke pollution. This research will validate and advance models of secondhand smoke exposure and risk assessment, which will hopefully serve as the new foundation on which secondhand smoke policy decisions are based. Mark and colleagues in the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center are conducting a global air monitoring effort that is currently in over 40 countries around the world measuring exposures to tobacco smoke pollution and informing the debate over smoke-free air policy. Mark has trained these researchers either in-person or through his website www.tobaccofreeair.org. Mark has also trained and actively collaborated with over 60 partner organizations in 26 U.S. States and Canadian Provinces in measuring tobacco smoke exposures.