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June 11, 2003

Passive Smoking and Dental Caries in Children—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(22):2940-2941. doi:10.1001/jama.289.22.2940-a

To the Editor: Dr Aligne and colleagues1 reported that children who were exposed to passive smoking were more likely to have dental caries. They concluded that reduction of passive smoking would lead to better dental health among children. Although this argument assumes a causal relationship between passive smoking and dental caries, it is possible that this association is mediated or confounded by a number of factors.

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