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Childhood Exposure to Second Hand Smoke Increases Lung Cancer Risk for Adults According to New Study


MAYWOOD, NJ -- Feb. 2, 2005 -- A new study published in the online edition of the British Medical Journal has found evidence that childhood exposure to second hand smoke increases the risk of acquiring lung cancer as an adult (BMJ, (Jan 28 2005) doi:10.1136/bmj.38327.648472.82). The researchers conducted a seven year follow-up of 60,182 non-smokers as part of a large ongoing European study. They found that adults reporting exposure to second hand smoke in childhood were more at risk for lung cancer as compared to unexposed adults. Adults who reported daily childhood second hand smoke had twice the risk of lung cancer; those reporting heavy daily exposure had over three and a half times the risk.

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