Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Finnish sauna air

Erkki Häsänen, Veijo Pohjola, Heikki Pyysalo, Kim Wickström

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The concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in the air of three different types of wood-heated saunas were studied. The highest concentrations were found in the smoke sauna (total PAH 170–1550 μg/m3, benzo[a]pyrene 4.6–20 μg/m3) the second highest in the preheated sauna (total PAH 50–90 μg/m3, benzo[a]pyrene 3.4–4.5 μg/m3) and the lowest concentrations in the sauna heated by continuous burning of wood (total PAH 25 μg/m3, benzo[a]pyrene below 0.1 μg/m3). The results clearly indicate that regular bathing in the smoke sauna and in the pre-heated sauna increases the intake of PAH compounds (e.g. benzo[a]pyrene and benzo[a]anthracene).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-231
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1984
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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