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Genetic Susceptibility to Thirdhand Smoke induced Lung Cancer Development.

  • Author(s): Hang, B
  • Mao, J-H
  • Snijders, AM
  • et al.

THS, the residual tobacco smoke remaining in the environment after tobacco has been smoked, represents an underestimated public health hazard. Evidence supports its widespread presence in indoor environments. Vulnerable populations are believed to include infants and children living in a smoking household exposed to THS and/or SHS and exposure has been identified as a risk factor for lung cancer later in life. These and future studies will provide novel and important evidence of how early-life exposure to THS affects cancer development and other diseases, which should be useful for framing and enforcing new policies against passive smoking in the the world.

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