Tobacco exposure in childhood raises COPD risk in adulthood

03/15/2012 | (Canada)

A Norwegian study in the journal Respirology found that children who were exposed to tobacco smoke had a nearly twofold increased risk of developing chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder in adulthood. Researchers noted that women exposed to tobacco smoke had a 1.9-fold higher risk for the condition, while men had a 1.5- to 1.7-fold higher risk.

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