Journal article

Association between exposure to workplace secondhand smoke and reported respiratory and sensory symptoms: Cross-sectional study

M Wakefield, L Trotter, M Cameron, A Woodward, G Inglis, D Hill

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2003


The purpose of this work was to assess the relation between exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) at work and reported respiratory and sensory symptoms. A cross-sectional telephone survey of 382 nonsmoking indoor workers in Victoria, Australia was used. After controlling for potential confounders, exposure to SHS at work for part of the day was significantly associated with an increased risk of wheeze (OR = 4.26), frequent cough (OR = 2.26), sore eyes (OR = 3.77), and sore throat (OR = 2.70). Among workers who had not experienced a cold in the past 4 weeks, we found strong dose-response relationships between increasing levels of exposure to SHS at work and morning cough, frequent cough, sore ey..

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