PMID: 5918712Sep 9, 1966

Lead-210 and polonium-210 in tissues of cigarette smokers

R B Holtzman, F H Ilcewicz


Concentrations of lead-210 and polonium-210 in rib bones taken from 13 cigarette smokers were about twice those in six nonsmokers, the polonium-210 being close to radioactive equilibrium with the lead-210. In alveolar lung tissue the concentration of lead-210 in smokers was about twice that in nonsmokers. These differences are attributed to additional intake by inhalation of lead-210.


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