Lead-210 and Polonium-210 in Tissues of Cigarette Smokers

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Science  09 Sep 1966:
Vol. 153, Issue 3741, pp. 1259-1260
DOI: 10.1126/science.153.3741.1259


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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