This section reviews the available information on asthma and nonallergen environmental contaminants for which there is potential for exposure in both the general population and the developing fetus. Although there is great interest in the potential associations between maternal exposure to environmental contaminants, such as pesticides, polycyclic halogenated hydrocarbons, and heavy metals, and the development of asthma in offspring, there has been very little research in the area. One of the most prevalent environmental contaminants, environmental tobacco smoke, is reviewed in a subsequent section.
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