, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 207–210 | Cite as

Tobacco smoke iron: an initiator/promoter of multiple diseases

  • E. D. Weinberg


Tobacco smoking enhances risk for a diversity of acute and chronic diseases. Iron is a constant prominent component of mainstream tobacco smoke. The manifold toxic activities of inhaled iron could be responsible for a notable portion of the spectrum of smoking-related diseases.


Impaired hearing Infection Iron Neoplasm Osteoporosis Tobacco smoke Vascular disease 



Dedicated to Dr. L. S. Wesselius in recognition of his distinguished career in respiratory tract physiology and iron metabolism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology and Program in Medical SciencesIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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