Current Allergy and Asthma Reports

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 687–692

Effects of Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Childhood on Atopic Diseases

Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (JM Portnoy and CE Ciaccio, Section Editors)

DOI: 10.1007/s11882-013-0389-1

Cite this article as:
Ciaccio, C.E. & Gentile, D. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep (2013) 13: 687. doi:10.1007/s11882-013-0389-1


Although the smoking prevalence in the United States continues to decline since the Surgeon General’s first report in 1964, certain vulnerable populations continue to be disproportionately affected by the adverse consequences of tobacco smoke exposure. Children are particularly vulnerable to exposure and are likely to suffer from both short- and long-term adverse consequences after early life tobacco smoke exposure. An overwhelming amount of evidence supports an association between asthma development and tobacco smoke exposure, and evidence is mounting that tobacco smoke exposure may also increase risk of IgE sensitization. This manuscript will review the effects of tobacco smoke exposure in childhood on the development of asthma and allergic sensitization, and will review practical strategies to assist motivated parents with smoking cessation.


Tobacco smoke Secondhand smoke exposure Asthma IgE sensitization Allergic sensitization Smoking cessation Food allergies Allergic rhinitis Childhood Atopic disease Nicotine replacement therapies Atopic sensitization 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Allergy, Asthma & ImmunologyChildren’s Mercy HospitalKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.Division of Allergy, Asthma & ImmunologyAllegheny Health SystemPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Division of Allergy, Asthma & ImmunologyKansas CityUSA

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