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Acute Effects of Passive Smoking on Asthma in Childhood

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Although evidence-based asthma guidelines report passive smoke exposure as one of the triggers of asthma symptoms and exacerbations, its prevelance is still high among children with asthma especially in those coming from low income families. Passive smoke exposure affects different aspects of asthma control not only diurnal and nocturnal symptoms and exacerbations but also rescue medication use and lung functions as well as bronchial hyperreactivity, school absenteeism and quality of life. Immediate effects of passive smoke exposure in all these asthma parameters seem to be additive to those of chronic exposure. Smoking cessation interventions therefore play a pivotal role for a better asthma control.

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Keywords: Asthma; children; environmental tobacco smoke; exacerbation; lung function

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 2009

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  • Inflammation & Allergy - Drug Targets aims to cover all the latest and outstanding developments on the medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, genomics and biochemistry of contemporary molecular targets involved in inflammation and allergy e.g. disease specific proteins, receptors, enzymes, genes. Each issue of the journal contains a series of timely in-depth reviews written by leaders in the field covering a range of current topics on drug targets involved in inflammation and allergy. As the discovery, identification, characterization and validation of novel human drug targets for anti-inflammation and allergy drug discovery continues to grow, this journal has become essential reading for all pharmaceutical scientists involved in drug discovery and development.
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