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Table 1 Job and house characteristics of volunteers (n = 50) andcorresponding annual (median) toluene and xylene measurements ( μg/m3)

From: An analysis of factors that influence personal exposure to toluene and xylene in residents of Athens, Greece

    Toluene ( μg/m3) Xylene ( μg/m3)
  n % Personal House Personal House
Transportation means
   By foot 7 14 46.0   52.4  
   By foot and vehicle 35 70 56.0   55.9  
   By vehicle 8 16 71.6b   74.9b  
Use of vehicle in work
Yes 28 56 72.5b   75.9b  
No 22 44 52.0   55.4  
Smoker room-mate
Yes 15 30 64.0 40.2 65.9 42.3
No 35 70 63.0 38.5 67.7 35.8
City area
   Center 42 84 64.0 39.8a 67.7 38.9a
   Suburbs 8 16 55.2 26.5 65.3 23.2
Proximity to gasoline station
Yes (< 50 m) 3 6 91.9a 60.9 98.1a 52.0a
No 47 94 61.7 38.1 65.9 35.2
Proximity to busy road
Yes (< 50 m) 16 32 65.5 42.0a 67.2 46.0a
No 34 68 63.0 37.1 67.4 33.8
  1. Significant differences, a P < 0.05, b P < 0.01