Effects of Secondhand Smoke on Flight Attendant Health

Conditions:Smoking Cessation
Therapuetic Areas:Pulmonary / Respiratory Diseases
Age Range:18 - Any
Start Date:January 2005
End Date:August 2020
Contact:Riya Jacob

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Cardiopulmonary Effects of Secondhand Smoke Exposure on Flight Attendants

This is a study on a population of flight attendants who were exposed to occupational
secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS). This research will examine associations between flight
attendant SHS exposure and development of respiratory illnesses, reproductive problems, and
cardiovascular diseases.

The main hypothesis of this study is that exposure to the secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) in
the confined workspace of commercial aircraft prior to the ban of cigarette smoking is
responsible for long-term damage on the health of nonsmoking flight attendants. We will
compare the data collected from our pre-ban flight attendant participants to age-matched,
nonsmoking controls from the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey)
database. The results of our study should permit us to determine if SHS exposure is the cause
of long-term increased cardiovascular morbidity and risk, as well as increased susceptibility
to respiratory illnesses.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Never smoker flight attendants who began working for airlines before the smoking ban
on aircrafts went into effect. Never smoker is defined as those with history of
tobacco use of less than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.

2. SHS exposure for at least 1 year while working with the airlines.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Less than 1 year of occupational exposure to SHS

2. Smoking more than 100 cigarettes over a lifetime
We found this trial at
500 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco, California 94143
(415) 476-9000
Principal Investigator: Rita Redberg, MD
Phone: 415-502-2345
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