Preventive Medicine | Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health | Environmental & Occupational Lung Diseases | Respiratory Pediatrics | Sleep & Ventilation Disorders
Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and development of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS)
N Tovaglieri*, M Gaiazzi, S Tajè, D Gadda, AC Niespolo, A Pedrazzini, C Borghi, V Milan, M Di Cera, V Spica Russotto, L Nosetti, L Nespoli
*Corresponding author: N Tovaglieri
Pediatric Clinic, Ospedale di Circolo e Fondazione Macchi, Varese -University of Insubria, , Italy
F1000Posters 2010, 1: 645 (poster) [ENGLISH]
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European Respiratory Society Annual Congress 2010, 18 - 22 Sep 2010, P2593
In literature, the role of smoking on the development of respiratory diseases is already known. The aim of the research is to study the relationship between environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in childhood and the onset of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).
We compared the percentage of children exposed to passive smoke between a group of pediatric OSAS patients and a control group of children from the general population in order to verify if ETS can be considered as a risk factor for the onset of the disease.
In conclusion, the present study demonstrates that passive smoke can be considered a risk factor for the development of OSAS and that it can influence the severity of the disease. For this reason it will be very important to produce informative campaigns to inform people about the health problems caused by the smoke that remains on clothes, people and objects.
The aim for the future is to widen the case record in order to continue the study about the link between OSAS, passive smoke and environment.
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