Childhood Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Risk of Atrial #Fibrillation in Adulthood

Of 2,816 Offspring cohort participants with at least 1 parent in the Original cohort, 82% were exposed to parental smoking. For every pack/day increase in parental smoking, there was an 18% increase in offspring AF incidence (adjusted hazard ratio [HR]: 1.18; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.00 to 1.39; p = 0.04). Additionally, parental smoking was a risk factor for offspring smoking (adjusted odds ratio [OR]: 1.34; 95% CI: 1.17 to 1.54; p < 0.001). Offspring smoking mediated 17% (95% CI: 1.5% to 103.3%) of the relationship between parental smoking and offspring AF.

Conclusions Childhood secondhand #smoke exposure predicted increased risk for adulthood #AF after adjustment for AF risk factors. Some of this relationship may be mediated by a greater propensity among offspring of smoking parents to smoke themselves. These findings highlight potential new pathways for AF risk that begin during childhood, offering new evidence to motivate smoking avoidance and cessation