P3_2 Don’t smoke and drive!

Jessica Patel, Rutambhara Joshi, Poonam Patel


This paper investigates the consequences of smoking tobacco cigarettes in a car. With an average smoking rate of 5 minutes per cigarette and with no air entering or released from the car, we find that if the carbon monoxide (CO) content in the air is over 1000ppm, you would have to smoke approximately 32 cigarettes within the hour to fall unconscious from CO poisoning. Furthermore we consider whether opening a window would make it safe to smoke in a car as the air flow rate through the window would remove the CO content from the car.

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