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Document ID (ISN)47802
CIS number 87-534
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1986
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Viegl G., Paggiaro P.L., Begliomini E., Vaghetti E., Pagletti P., Giuntini C.
Title Respiratory effects of occupational exposure to tobacco dust
Bibliographic information Dec. 1986, Vol.43, No.12, p.802-808. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract A cross-sectional survey on 223 male and female workers at a cigar and cigarette factory showed a significantly higher prevalence of wheezing, attacks of shortness of breath with wheezing, dyspnoea, and rhinitis than in a reference population. There was a decrease in forced and expiratory flows according to smoking habit and work duration. Positive skin prick tests were observed in 26% of men and 23% of women and were positively associated with duration of work and negatively with cigarette smoking. Thin interstitial space involvement was observed on chest x-ray examination in almost half the female workers with more than 35 years exposure. Prolonged exposure to tobacco dust may have negative health effects and it is advisable to establish a threshold limit value for tobacco dust different from that of inert dust.
Descriptors (primary) tobacco industry; tobacco; respiratory impairment; organic dust; respirable dust
Descriptors (secondary) rhinitis; epidemiologic study; dyspnoea
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Tobacco industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)