Misclassification of Smoking Habits and Passive Smoking

A Review of the Evidence

  • Peter N. Lee

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 65-103

About this book


How accurate are statements about smoking habits? This book presents the results of a comprehensive review in which the literature on the subject is newly interpreted. It is shown that smokers are misclassified as non-smokers in epidemiological studies often enough to explain the increased lung cancer risk seen in self-reported non-smokers in relation to their spouse's smoking habits. This study overturns the commonly held view that increased risk is a consequence of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and highlights the difficulty of making valid inferences from epidemiological data. No-one should draw conclusions about passive smoking before reading this book!


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Authors and affiliations

  • Peter N. Lee
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  1. 1.Sutton, SurreyUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-19425-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-73822-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-5777
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