Effects of parental smoking on the respiratory health of adults

Upton, M. N.
April 2004
Thorax;Apr2004, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p274
Academic Journal
The article reports the effects of parental smoking on the respiratory health of adults. C. Svanes and colleagues take a short cut and report cross-sectional results from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) linking recalled information about parental smoking to respiratory symptoms, asthma, forced expiratory volumes, and bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) in up to 18, 688 adults aged 20 to 44 years from 37 centres in 17 countries. Several lines of evidence suggest that maternal smoking in pregnancy and paternal smoking is a cause of childhood wheezing illness, permanent damage to the developing airways of the child, leading to more respiratory symptoms and impaired lung function.


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