Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke during Early Life Stages

Jingyi Xu, Suzette Smiley-Jewell, Jocelyn Claude, Kent E Pinkerton

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), also referred to as secondhand smoke (SHS), is a global public health problem. ETS is associated with premature death, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, infection, behavioral problems, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, likelihood to smoke when exposed as a youth and increased cancer risk. Children are an especially vulnerable group to the detrimental affects of ETS exposure; when exposed, they are more likely to suffer from asthma, pneumonia, sinusitis, and allergies. Globally, approximately 40% of children breath ETS produced by a smoking parent, and a high percentage of deaths attributed to ETS were of children. In the United States, nearly half of the population of young children (aged 3-11 years) are exposed to ETS. Despite public bans on smoking and lowering smoking rates in some parts of the world, ETS remains a major public health issue. This chapter addresses conditions of early life ETS exposure and the effects of this exposure in the development of disease later in life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Lung: Development, Aging and the Environment: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780127999418
StatePublished - Oct 23 2014


  • Environmental tobacco smoke
  • In utero exposure
  • Lung maturation
  • Postnatal exposure
  • Secondhand smoke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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