Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

, Volume 75, Issue 2, pp 181–184

A Null Association between Active or Passive Cigarette Smoking and Breast Cancer Risk

  • Timothy L. Lash
  • Ann Aschengrau

DOI: 10.1023/A:1019625102365

Cite this article as:
Lash, T.L. & Aschengrau, A. Breast Cancer Res Treat (2002) 75: 181. doi:10.1023/A:1019625102365


The effect of smoking on breast cancer risk has been null in large, well-conducted cohort studies. In a previous study, we stratified the population into active smokers, passive smokers, and never-active never-passive smokers and modeled early life cigarette smoke exposures as causal and later life cigarette smoke exposure as preventive. We observed a complex association between cigarette smoke and breast cancer risk. Using a similar design and population, this study did not confirm the earlier result. Neither ever-active smoking (adjusted odds ratio (OR) = 0.72, 95% confidence intervals (CI) 0.55–0.95) nor ever-passive smoking (adjusted OR = 0.85, 95% CI 0.63–1.1) were strongly associated with breast cancer risk compared with never-active never-passive smoking. No patterns of effects were observed in subgroup analyses.

breast neoplasms: etiology smoking: adverse effects tobacco smoke pollution: adverse effects 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy L. Lash
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ann Aschengrau
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston University School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  2. 2.Boston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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