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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Smoking, Asthma, and Race

Interesting article about how children of African descent metabolize nicotine very differently than children of Caucasian descent. In brief, children of African descent are far more susceptible to asthma as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke. I seem to remember reading, not too long ago, about how Asians are also more susceptible. I wish someone would do some research on Native Americans and their reaction to tobacco, since, if I am not mistaken, they've been exposed to tobacco longer than any other racial group.

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