PARENTAL SMOKING AND THE RISK OF CHILDHOOD ASTHMA


BENER A. , FACHARZT A., ALJAWADI T.

JOURNAL OF ASTHMA, vol.28, no.4, pp.281-286, 1991 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/02770909109073385
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF ASTHMA
  • Page Numbers: pp.281-286

Abstract

In order to explore the correlation between parents' smoking habits and bronchial asthma in children, we undertook a cross-sectional study of 3300 (54% males, 46% females) school children aged 7-12 years old. A survey of smoking habits and attitudes conducted in Saudi Arabia showed a positive correlation between parental smoking and asthma. This study showed a significant link between parental smoking and chest wheeze or whistling, cough, and family history of rhinitis. Evidence is accumulating that there is a relationship between parental smoking and respiratory symptoms in Saudi children. The present study results are clear evidence of a definite association between smoking in the home and bronchial asthma in young children, which not only may present immediate problems, but may also be a cause of illness in the future.