Table 1

Demographic characteristics and questionnaire-reported symptoms of participants who all lived close to the Eyjafjallajökull volcano (n=167)

AllMenWomen
N (%)83 (50)84 (50)
Mean age±SD (years)52±1754±1850±17
BMI±SD (kg/m2)30.0±729.1±530.8±8
Smoking, n (%)
 Never103 (62)53 (64)50 (60)
 Former34 (20)18 (22)16 (19)
 Current24 (14)11 (13)13 (14)
Self-reported asthma or COPD*, n (%)28 (17)10 (12)18 (21)
Respiratory symptoms, n (%)
 Throat and upper airway irritation or dryness83 (50)35 (42)48 (57)
 Cough58 (35)28 (34)30 (35)
 Shortness of breath or tightness of chest43 (26)20 (24)23 (27)
Other symptoms, n (%)
 Eye irritation41 (25)17 (20)24 (29)
 Headaches15 (9)8 (10)7 (8)
 Nausea and stomach aches12 (7)7 (8)5 (6)
  • * As reported in questionnaires (‘Have you ever been diagnosed with asthma or COPD’).

  • BMI, body mass index; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.