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Children with genetic defect face greater health risks from passive smoking

Recent reports claim that the breakdown products of tobacco smoke inhaled during passive smoking may increase the risk of coronary heart disease by as much as 50-60%. German scientists have now established a link between a genetic defect (involving the enzyme glutathione S transferase) and increased risk of negative health effects from passive smoking. Children with the genetic defect whose parents smoked faced a five times greater risk of developing asthma and wheezing. The risk of shortness of breath was more than five times greater than in children of nonsmoking parents. Another related genetic defect was also linked to a reduced lung function in children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Pak Tribune

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About: Children with genetic defect face greater health risks from passive smoking

Date: 13 December 2004

Source: Pak Tribune


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