Antioxidant vitamins in reducing the toxicity of environmental tobacco smoke

Ronald R. Watson, Jin Zhang

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Environmental tobacco smoking (ETS), passive smoke, or second-hand smoke is a pervasive contaminant in public places. Exposure to ETS results in oxidative stress and damage. Oxidative stress, a disturbance in the prooxidant-antioxidant balance in favor of the former, leads to lipid peroxidation; alteration of antioxidant enzymes in the heart, liver, and lung; as well as potential damage to DNA. The accumulated oxidative damage is believed to play an important role in the etiology of a number of chronic diseases induced by tobacco smoke, such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Tobacco Smoke
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781420042245
ISBN (Print)9780849303111
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Environmental Science


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