Assessing the effect of parental smoking on a child’s health

Roberto J. Rona and Susan Chinn

in The National Study of Health and Growth

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780192629197
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723612 | DOI:
Assessing the effect of parental smoking on a child’s health

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This chapter assesses the contribution of the NSHG to the subject of the effects of passive smoking on a child. Early analyses studied the relation between a child's height and smoking in the home, finding decreasing height with increasing number of smokers or cigarettes smoked in the home; although a later analysis attributed much of this to insufficient control for confounding variables. No strong evidence was found of a relation of decreased lung function to passive smoking, but positive associations were found for wheezing, coughing, and at least one respiratory symptom with the number of cigarettes smoked in the home. The NSHG was one of the largest studies contributing to an influential review, and included more potentially confounding variables than other studies.

Keywords: height; lung function; parental smoking; passive smoking; respiratory symptoms

Chapter.  3109 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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