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Researchers at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY, have reported the first clear link between exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke and airway complications in children who receive general anesthesia.
In the May issue of Anesthesiology, the researchers reported on 499 children ranging in age from 1 month to 12 years who were scheduled to receive general anesthesia for surgery during a 16-month period. Their exposure to tobacco smoke was confirmed by the presence of cotinine, a common by-product of nicotine exposure, in their urine.
Voelker R. Smoke, Anesthesia Don't Mix. JAMA. 1998;279(24):1939. doi:10.1001/jama.279.24.1939-JQU80003-4-1