Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • News
  • Published:

Passive smoking may speed cancer growth

Second-hand fumes boost blood-vessel development.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout


  1. Zhu, B. et al. Second hand smoke stimulates tumor angiogenesis and growth. Cancer Cell, 4, 191 - 196, (2003).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Enstrom, J. E. & Kabat, G. C. Environmental tobacco smoke and tobacco related mortality in a prospective study of Californians 1960-98. British Medical Journal, 326, 1057 - 1061, (2003).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references


Additional information

newline/> University of Oxford

Related links

Related links

Related external links

American Cancer Society

Cancer Research UK

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Pilcher, H. Passive smoking may speed cancer growth. Nature (2003).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing