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Document ID (ISN)73347
CIS number 99-1252
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Uitti J., Nordman H., Huuskonen M.S., Roto P., Husman K., Reiman M.
Title Respiratory health of cigar factory workers
Bibliographic information Dec. 1998, Vol.55, No.12, p.834-839. 32 ref.
Abstract In a cross sectional study of Finnish cigar workers exposed to raw tobacco and a group of unexposed matched referents, there were no significant differences between the groups in the prevalence of respiratory symptoms and chest radiography findings. No excess of prevalence of respiratory symptoms in the tobacco workers was found. According to the questionnaire episodes of allergic alveolitis may have occurred in the cigar factory workers. However, in the absence of impairments in lung function and radiological changes it was not possible to distinguish humidifier fever and allergic alveolitis. In exposure conditions that include humidification of the air humidifier, fever and allergic alveolitis constitute a risk for tobacco workers. No effects were shown of exposure to tobacco dust on lung function. Topics: air humidification; allergic alveolitis; chest radiography; cross-sectional study; individual susceptibility; pulmonary fibrosis; pulmonary function; respiratory diseases; respiratory function tests; skin tests; tobacco industry; tobacco; ventilatory capacity.
Descriptors (primary) tobacco industry; pulmonary function; respiratory diseases; tobacco
Descriptors (secondary) pulmonary fibrosis; ventilatory capacity; cross-sectional study; air humidification; chest radiography; respiratory function tests; individual susceptibility; allergic alveolitis; skin tests
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Tobacco industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)