Is it Exposure to Cigarette Smoke or to Smokers Which Increases the Risk of Meningococcal Disease in Teenagers?

This article, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, reports on a study that aimed to determine whether passive smoking, which appears to increase the risk of meningococcal disease in adolescents, is attributable to exposure to cigarette smoke or contact with smokers.  The study concludes that contact with smokers is associated with increased risk of meningococcal disease in adolescents, which is more likely to be due to higher carriage rates in smokers than to exposure to smoke.

Author(s): Coen PG, Tully J, Stuart JM, et al.

Published: 2006

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    Citation: Coen PG, Tully J, Stuart JM, et al. Is it Exposure to Cigarette Smoke or to Smokers Which Increases the Risk of Meningococcal Disease in Teenagers? International Journal of Epidemiology. 2006;35(2):330-336.