Environmental Tobacco Smoke

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  • Focuses on the pathological effects of ETS on pregnant women, newborns, youth, adults, and the elderly
  • Addresses the role of the political and legal system in modifying behaviors
  • Investigates the role of antioxidants in lowering damage caused by ETS
  • Examines the role of ETS in the development of asthma, tobacco allergy, heart disease, and cancer
  • Summary

    The health effects of tobacco smoke on smokers are well defined. However, the effects on non-smokers are not so clear. Which of the many diseases, cancers, and pathologies that are certainly associated with smoking are also induced by tobacco smoke in non-smokers? What are the effects on non-smokers of smoking bans in the workplace and changes in advertising? How can we effectively curtail the effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)?

    Environmental Tobacco Smoke brings together in one source the key observations on the nature and effects of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. The book focuses on the pathological effects of ETS on pregnant women, newborns, youths, adults, and the elderly. In addition, it investigates ETS' contribution to the development of asthma, tobacco allergy, heart disease, and cancer. The book also examines the role of ETS in bringing about other maladies such as DNA damage, gene activation, and immunosuppression. The materials also explore the problems associated with establishing incontrovertible links between ETS and health problems in non-smokers.

    Environmental Tobacco Smoke also probes the role of the political and legal systems in modifying behaviors, exposure risks, and health consequences of ETS. The book also summarizes the role of antioxidant supplements in lowering ETS damage and the usefulness of animal models in refining the precision of studies.

    Clearly, environmental tobacco smoke poses significant health risks. It is also abundantly clear that these risks can be eliminated. It is even more obvious that, in order to establish effective prevention mechanisms, we need to define the extent of health damage attributable to ETS. Environmental Tobacco Smoke provides a plethora of information that educates us on the effects of environmental tobacco smoke on the non-smoking public and thereby equips us to eradicate the problems created by ETS.

    Table of Contents

    Difficulties in Determining Health Effects Related to Environmental Smoke Exposure, Peter N. Lee
    Birthweight and Gestational Age in Relation to Prenatal Environmental Smoke Exposure, Gayle C. Wyndham, Ph.D.
    Antioxidant Vitamins in Reducing the Toxicity of Environmental Tobacco Smoke, Ronald R. Watson, Ph.D. and Jin Zhang, MD
    Effects of Antioxidants on Tobacco Smoke Associated Cardiovascular Damage, Ronald R. Watson, Julian Rodriguez, and Yinhong Chen
    Tobacco Allergy, Nancy Ortega, MD, Teresa Cazzillo, Rodolfo Cashllo, and Carlos Blanco
    Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and Adult Asthma, Mark Eisner and Paul D. Blanc, MD, MSPH
    Policies to Reduce Involuntary Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke: Prevalence, Natue, Effects, Future Directions, Elizabeth A. Klonoff, Ph.D and Hope Landrine
    Animal Models of Environmental Tobacco Smoke-Induced Lung Cancer, Hanspeter Witschi
    Reducing Children's Exposure to ETS: A Review and Recommendations, Melbourne F. Hovell, Dennis R. Wahlgren, Joy M. Zakarian, and Georg E. Matt
    Passive Cigarette Smoking and Lung Cancer, Ann Aschengrau, Sc.D, Timothy Lash, and Alfreedo Morabia
    Environmental Tobacco Smoke: Potential Effects on Cardiovascular Function in Children and Adolescents, Samuel Gidding
    Smoking Effects on the Estrogen and Progesterone Balance in Women, Murray D. Meek
    Experimental Models of Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure: Structural and Functional Changes in Epithelial Cells of the Respiratory Tract, Walter K. Schlage and Ashok Teredesai
    Environmental Tobacco Smoke in Restaurants: Exposures and Health Effects, Michael Brauer, ScD and Helen Dimich-Ward
    Passive Smoking and Immune Functions, Anna Maria Castellazzi, Ph.D.
    Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Lung Function, Shengjun Wang, MD and Mark Witten, Ph.D.
    Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Cardiovascular Disease, Jin Zhang and Ronald Watson, Ph.D.
    Objective Assessment of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Exposure in Pregnancy and Childhood, Daphne Chan, Julia Klein, and Koren Gideon
    Cigarette Smoke and Allergic Asthma: Animal Models, David E. Bice, Ph.D. and Tedd Barrett, Ph.D.
    Ventilation Control of ETS, D. Jeff Burton, M.S., P.E., and CIH