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Parents who smoke put their children at risk of infections

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7542.628-e (Published 16 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:628
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Children whose parents smoke are at increased risk of certain infections due to the potentially virulent Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria in their nose and throat, researchers have found. Infections include bronchitis, meningitis, pneumonia, and middle ear infections.

    The research team, headed by David Greenberg, a paediatrician and infectious disease expert at the Soroka University Medical Centre in Negev, Israel, and colleague Noga Givon-Lavi, published their findings in Clinical Infectious Diseases (2006;42:897-903). The article will be …

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