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Document ID (ISN)57734
CIS number 92-532
ISSN - Serial title 0012-3692 - Chest
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) White J.R., Froeb H.F., Kulik J.A.
Title Respiratory illness in nonsmokers chronically exposed to tobacco smoke in the work place
Bibliographic information July 1991, Vol.100, No.1, p.39-43. 23 ref.
Abstract CO levels as an index of cigarette smoke in the workplace were evaluated and diary entries on respiratory symptoms, eye irritation, chest colds and lost days from work due to respiratory illness in 40 passive smokers were analysed (non-smokers chronically exposed to tobacco smoke in the workplace) and 40 control subjects (non-smokers not exposed to tobacco smoke in the workplace) matched for age and sex. Passive smokers experienced greater CO levels during the workday. Also they reported significantly more cough, greater phlegm production, more shortness of breath, greater eye irritation, more chest colds and more days lost from work due to chest colds than control subjects. Non-smoking workers and their employers are likely to incur significant financial loss because of missed workdays due to illnesses resulting from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.
Descriptors (primary) passive smoking; respiratory impairment; long-term exposure
Descriptors (secondary) case study; air sampling; carbon monoxide
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Passive smoking