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BOHRF Original Authors' Main Conclusions

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Study assessed the relationship between occupation and risk of developing asthma. The occupations were classified according to potential exposure to asthma-causing inhalants. Asthma risk was increased consistently for both men and women in the chemical, rubber and plastic, and wood and paper industries. Risk in relation to occupation was increased only for men - for bakers and food processors, textile workers, electrical and electronic production workers, laboratory technicians and storage workers. Of the predominantly men's occupations, metal and forestry work were the strongest determinants of asthma. For women, asthma risk increased for waiters, cleaners and dental workers. Results suggest an increased asthma risk in both traditional industries and forestry and in several non-industrial occupations.

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