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Cigarette and Cigar Makers and Tobacco Workers

  • Christophe J. Le Coz
  • Caterina FotiEmail author
  • Domenico Bonamonte
  • Gianni Angelini
  • Paolo Romita
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Abstract

Tobacco production workers are exposed to a wide array of irritant and/or sensitizing agents, some of which are natural components of the plant while others are added during the farming and manufacturing stages. Contact dermatitis, through either direct or aeromediated mechanisms, is relatively common among harvesters and workers in cigar manufacturing, while it is substantially less frequent in cigarette production plant workers. The sensitizing compound of tobacco is unknown; nicotine, while highly toxic, does not seem to cause sensitization, except in rare cases. Besides natural substances, several compounds are added to tobacco during processing and manufacturing. For this reason, identifying the etiological factors is exceedingly difficult.

Keywords

Cigarette Cigar makers Contact dermatitis Nicotine Patch test Tobacco Workers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christophe J. Le Coz
    • 1
    • 2
  • Caterina Foti
    • 3
    Email author
  • Domenico Bonamonte
    • 3
  • Gianni Angelini
    • 3
  • Paolo Romita
    • 3
  1. 1.Cabinet de DermatologieStrasbourgFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de DermatochimieStrasbourgFrance
  3. 3.Department of Biomedical Science and Human Oncology, Dermatological ClinicUniversity of BariBariItaly

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