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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994 Jul;111(1):6-8.

Environmental tobacco smoke and otitis media.

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.


Environmental tobacco smoke (secondhand smoke) is a health hazard experienced by one half to two thirds of the nation's children younger than 5 years of age. Although the role of environmental tobacco smoke in the genesis of pulmonary disease in children has been increasingly recognized, somewhat less attention has been paid to the role of environmental tobacco smoke in the development of childhood otitis. This presentation will review current data regarding environmental tobacco smoke, with a particular emphasis on its effects on the ears and eustachian tube. Current American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, Inc. education efforts will also be discussed.

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