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BMC Dermatology

, 5:2

First Online: 24 March 2005Received: 30 October 2004Accepted: 24 March 2005


BackgroundThere are contradictory reports on the relationship between acne vulgaris and cigarette smoking. The objective of this study was to examine the relation between acne and cigarette smoking in a case-control study.

MethodsA questionnaire on smoking habits was offered to 350 patients with acne vulgaris and 350 patients suffering from skin diseases other than acne, aged 15 – 40 years, attending in a skin clinic in Tehran, Iran. The patients completed the questionnaires anonymously in the waiting room.

ResultsTwo hundred and ninety-three patients with acne response rate 83.7 % and 301 patients with other skin diseases response rate 86.0 % completed the questionnaires. Twelve acne patients 4.1 % and 27 control patients 9.0 % were current smokers odds ratio = 0.43, 95% confidence limits 0.22 – 0.87, p < 0.05. But after adjustment for sex, this difference was not significant odds ratio: 0.61, 95% CI: 0.30–1.26, p > 0.05, Mantel-Haenszel test.

ConclusionAn association between acne and cigarette smoking was not found in this study.

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Autor: Alireza Firooz - Reza Sarhangnejad - Seyyed Massoud Davoudi - Mansour Nassiri-Kashani


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