Five-Year Lung Function Observations and Associations With a Smoking Ban Among Healthy Miners at High Altitude (4000 m). To assess the annual lung function decline associated with the reduction of secondhand smoke exposure in a high-altitude industrial workforce. We performed pulmonary function tests annually among 109 high-altitude gold-mine workers over 5 years of follow-up. The first 3 years included greater likelihood of exposure to secondhand smoke exposure before the initiation of extensive smoking restrictions that came into force in the last 2 years of observation.
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