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The smoking gun: working to eliminate tobacco smoke exposure

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The authors are supported by research grants from the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute.

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Breysse, P., Navas-Acien, A. The smoking gun: working to eliminate tobacco smoke exposure. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol 20, 397–398 (2010).

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