Cigarette smoking aging and decline in pulmonary function: A longitudinal study

Raymond Bosse, David Sparrow, Arthur J. Garvey, Paul T. Costa, Scott T. Weiss, John W. Rowe

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Three serial spirometric determinations of forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in 1 sec (FEV1.0) were performed during a 10-yr period for 268 adult male cigarette smokers, 181 quitters, and 254 who had never smoked. Smokers were further divided into high- and low-tar consumption groups. Spirometric data were analyzed by repeated measures analyses of variance using time (aging) and smoking status as independent variables and age as a covariate. Results indicated that FVC and FEV 1.0 were related to smoking status. For all age groups, nonsmokers performed best on spirometry, while current smokers performed worst. The decline in FEV 1.0 over time was greatest in current smokers, especially the high-tar group. Loss of FVC over time was not influenced by smoking status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-252
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Environmental Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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