Quantitative Estimation of Some Volatile N-Nitrosamines in Tobacco Smoke Using Validated GC-MS Method
 
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Petre Melikishvili Physical and Organic Chemistry, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, 0186, Anna Politkovskaya Str., Tbilisi, Georgia
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Imeda Rubashvili   

Petre Melikishvili Physical and Organic Chemistry, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, 0186, Anna Politkovskaya Str., Tbilisi, Georgia
Publication date: 2017-10-05
 
Eurasian J Anal Chem 2014;9(2):79–91
 
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The aim of this work was the quantitative estimation of some volatile N-nitrosamines in tobacco smoke of local cigarette different brands using an efficient, rapid and sensitive GC-MS method which was validated before. The chromatographic system suitability was tested by using the following characteristics: The RSD, % of peak areas (five replicate injections) was <2.0 %; The RSD, % of retention times <1.0 %; the number of theoretical plates was > 2000; the tailing factor < 2.0; the resolution between the two nearest peaks >2.0 for all N-nitrosamines. The calibration curve was linear over a concentration range 0.5 - 100 µg mL-1 with a correlation coefficient >0.99. The LOD and LOQ were 0.25 µg mL-1 and 0.5 µg mL-1, respectively. This method can be used to determine nine volatile N-nitrosamines namely N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), N-nitrosomethylethylamine (NMEA), N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), N-nitrosodipropylamine (NDPA), N-nitrosodibutylamine (NDBA), N-nitrosopiperidine (NPIP), N-nitrosopyrrolidine (NPYR), N-nitrosomorpholine (NMPA), N-nitrosodiphenylamine (NDPA) diluted in solvent - methanol as a sample solution which can be obtained from tobacco smoke or solid/liquid material using extraction. The determined quantities of some volatile N-nitrosamines - NDMA, NMEA and NDEA in tobacco smoke vary 190 - 320, 87 – 119 and 99 – 166 ng/cigarette, respectively.
 
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