Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Lungs Suffer From Growing Up In A Household Of Smokers

Date:
May 4, 1998
Source:
Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons
Summary:
More solid evidence shows that growing up in a home around smokers has an adverse impact on lung function. The strongest correlation, highlighted in a study presented by investigators from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center at the American Lung Association/American Thoracic Society's International Conference in Chicago, was with mothers who smoked. Girls seem to suffer more than boys, probably because girls spend more time around their mothers, researchers say.

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 28, 1998- More solid evidence shows that growing up in a home around smokers has an adverse impact on lung function. The strongest correlation, highlighted in a study presented by investigators from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center at the American Lung Association/American Thoracic Society's International Conference in Chicago, was with mothers who smoked. Girls seem to suffer more than boys, probably because girls spend more time around their mothers, researchers say.

Related Articles


Extending earlier preliminary research and filling a gap on data on young adulthood, Patrick L. Kinney, Sc.D., associate professor at the Columbia University School of Public Health, and co-workers measured lung function in 1,496 students (745 male, 751 female), none of whom had ever smoked, from three successive classes of freshmen at Yale University. The tests were performed in the spring, after the students had been away from home (and at least that exposure source) for several months, suggesting that any effects on their lungs were permanent. Using questionnaires, the investigators asked the students about members of their household who smoked during various periods as they were growing up.

Data were obtained for Forced Vital Capacity (FVC), Forced Expiratory Volume per one second (FEV1), and Forced Expiratory Flow at both 75 percent and 25 percent to 75 percent of FVC (FEF25 and FEF2575), and adjusted for height, race, and sex. After controlling for socioeconomic status and exposure to air pollution, the researchers found that a mother's smoking in the home was associated with diminished FEF75 and FEF2575, but not FVC.

"Exposure to household smoking during childhood and adolescence is associated with diminished lung function in young adulthood," comments Dr. Kinney. "Our concern is that these differences may persist into later life, when reserve lung capacity naturally declines."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons. "Lungs Suffer From Growing Up In A Household Of Smokers." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 May 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/05/980504125748.htm>.
Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons. (1998, May 4). Lungs Suffer From Growing Up In A Household Of Smokers. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 28, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/05/980504125748.htm
Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons. "Lungs Suffer From Growing Up In A Household Of Smokers." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/05/980504125748.htm (accessed February 28, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Could a $34 Smartphone Device Improve HIV Diagnosis in Africa?

Could a $34 Smartphone Device Improve HIV Diagnosis in Africa?

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Feb. 27, 2015) A dongle that plugs into a Smartphone mimics a lab-based blood test for HIV and syphilis and can detect the diseases in 15 minutes, say researchers. Tara Cleary reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctor Says Head Transplants Possible Within Two Years

Doctor Says Head Transplants Possible Within Two Years

Buzz60 (Feb. 27, 2015) An Italian doctor is saying he could stick someone&apos;s head onto someone else&apos;s body. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) reports. Video provided by Buzz60
Powered by NewsLook.com
How Your Dentist Could Help Screen You For Diabetes

How Your Dentist Could Help Screen You For Diabetes

Newsy (Feb. 27, 2015) A new study from researchers at New York University suggests dentists could soon use blood samples taken from patients&apos; mouths to test for diabetes. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
The Best Tips to Makeover Your Health

The Best Tips to Makeover Your Health

Buzz60 (Feb. 27, 2015) If you&apos;re looking to boost your health this season, there are a few quick and easy steps to prompt you for success. Krystin Goodwin (@Krystingoodwin) has the best tips to give your health a makeover this spring! Video provided by Buzz60
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins