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Smoking in parents increases meningococcal disease risk

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 05 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:319
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The risk of invasive meningococcal disease in children is strongly influenced by parental smoking and unfavourable socioeconomic circumstances, according to new research.

    The largest increase in risk—more than eightfold—was among children of parents who both smoked, although researchers warned this may be an over estimate because such families are …

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