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Mariano, Lorena C and Warnakulasuryia, Saman and Straif, Kurt and Monteiro, Luís (2022) Secondhand smoke exposure and oral cancer risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Tobacco Control, 31, (5), pp. 597-607. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-056393.

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OBJECTIVES: Inhalation of secondhand smoke (SHS) causes several diseases, including lung cancer. Tobacco smoking is a known cause of oral cancer; however, it has not been established whether SHS also causes oral cancer . The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential association between SHS exposure and the risk of oral cancer.

RESULTS: Following the application of eligibility criteria, five studies were included, comprising a total of 1179 cases and 5798 controls, with 3452 individuals exposed and 3525 individuals not exposed to SHS. An overall OR of 1.51 for oral cancer was observed, without significant heterogeneity. The duration of exposure of more than 10 or 15 years increased the risk of oral cancer, compared with non-exposed individuals, without significant heterogeneity.

CONCLUSIONS: This systematic review and meta-analysis supports a causal association between SHS exposure and oral cancer. Our results could provide guidance to public health professionals, researchers, and policymakers to further support effective SHS exposure prevention programs worldwide.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Review, Article
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Identification #
doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-056393
Page Range
pp. 597-607
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