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Pulmonary Diffusing Capacity in Cigarette Smokers

J. M. MARTT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1962;56(1):39-45. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-56-1-39
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Cigarette smoking is an increasingly popular indulgence in this country, as the per capita consumption of cigarettes is higher today than at any time in the history of the tobacco industry (1). Evidence is at hand to suggest an association of prolonged cigarette smoking and such major diseases as bronchogenic carcinoma, chronic bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary emphysema (2-11). Several adverse physiological effects have been observed in the lungs upon exposure to cigarette smoke: [1] a decrease in ciliary action in the bronchi (12, 13); [2] a bronchoconstrictor effect which is seemingly not related to nicotine but to some other


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