An article in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: The Synergistic Effect of Heredity and Exposure to Second-hand Smoke on Adult-onset Asthma

Taina K. Lajunen along with Jouni Jaakkola and Maritta Jaakkola has published an article in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The title of the article is “The Synergistic Effect of Heredity and Exposure to Second-hand Smoke on Adult-onset Asthma” and it can be found from the journal’s website.

The study showed that individuals with asthmatic heredity have a considerably increased risk of adult-onset asthma when exposed to second-hand smoke (SHS). SHS exposure shows dose-dependent synergism with family history of asthma, so that the joint effect is stronger with higher exposure levels. Avoiding SHS could be an important preventive measure for reducing the risk of adult-onset asthma among those with asthmatic heredity. Asking about family history of asthma is a useful tool for identifying these susceptible individuals in clinical and preventive settings.

Lajunen TK, Jaakkola JJ, Jaakkola MS. The Synergistic Effect of Heredity and Exposure to Second-hand Smoke on Adult-onset Asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Aug 27. [Epub ahead of print]

Last updated: 25.9.2013