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University of Maryland team uses Amish to study ill effects of secondhand smoke

University of Maryland team uses Amish to study ill effects of secondhand smoke

In bucolic Lancaster County, Pa., the Amish grow their own tobacco. In keeping with traditional gender roles, the men smoke the tobacco in cigars, pipes or cigarettes, while the women largely tend to abstain.

A recent study of the Old Order Amish community by University of Maryland researchers has nonetheless found the women to be just as susceptible to the health problems related to exposure to secondhand smoke.

It turned out that the male smokers were potentially harming the women by smoking.

The study by Robert M. Reed, a University of Maryland associate professor of medicine, found that exposure to even low amounts of secondhand smoke impaired the lung function of...

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