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Cohort study
Prenatal and postnatal exposure to parental smoking increases odds of allergic diseases during childhood and adolescence
  1. Laura von Kobyletzki1,
  2. Åke Svensson2
  1. 1Karlstads University, Karlstad, Sweden;
  2. 2Skåne University, Skåne, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Laura von Kobyletzki, Karlstads University, Karlstad, Sweden; laura.vonkobyletzki{at}

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Secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) exposure has been proposed to be a risk factor for allergic diseases. Some studies have suggested that SHS exposure during pregnancy and infancy1 may be associated with allergic diseases during childhood, including asthma, rhinitis and atopic dermatitis. However, in Sweden some studies have found no increased chance of developing allergic diseases in children with smoking parents. It is unknown that how early SHS exposure may impact adolescents. In this study, the authors sought to use a large birth cohort to further evaluate the relationship between SHS and …

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