An industrial study of the biological effects of cotton dust and cigarette smoke exposure.
Merchant-JA; Lumsden-JC; Kilburn-KH; O'Fallon-WM; Ujda-JR; Germino-VH Jr.; Hamilton-JD
J Occup Med 1973 Mar; 15(3):212-221
Evaluation of the respiratory function of 846 white male textile workers shows that cigarette smoking interacts with exposure to lint- free cotton dust to increase byssinosis prevalence and severity, and appears to increase the deleterious effect of cotton dust on 4 ventilatory capacity measures. Data are given regarding the correlation between the byssinosis risk, and the exposure gradient, sex, age, and smoking habits of the workers.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Respiratory-function-tests; Respiratory-system-disorders; Textiles-industry; Cotton-industry; Dust-inhalation; Sex-factors; Age-factors; Statistical-analysis
Medicine Duke University ED Ctr Durham, N C 27706
Journal of Occupational Medicine
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina