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This data set records data related to respiratory function and smoking for 654 children ages 3 to 19. “Forced Expiratory Volume” (FEV) is the amount of air a person can exhale in the first second of a forceful breath, and indicates the person’s level of respiratory function. The data is a subset of data collected by I. Tager, S. Weiss, A. Munoz, B. Rosner, and F. Speizer, and published in
• Tager, I., Weiss, S., Munoz, A., Rosner, B., and Speizer, F. (1983), “Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Maternal Smoking on Pulmonary Function,” New England Journal of Medicine, 309(12), 699-703.
• Tager, I., Weiss, S., Rosner, B., and Speizer, F. (1979), "Effect of Parental Cigarette Smoking on the Pulmonary Function of Children," American Journal of Epidemiology, 110(1), 15-26.
These studies were among the first to show clear evidence of the impact of smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke on respiratory health in children.
One of the authors, Bernard Rosner, included this particular subset of the data in his book (1999), Fundamentals of Biostatistics, 5th ed., Pacific Grove, CA: Duxbury.