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Cigarette Smoke Linked to Damage Before Birth

Wednesday, 12 November 2008 17:36
Sudden infant death syndrome has been related to both exposure to prenatal cigarette smoke and impaired arousability from sleep. Researchers in the Journal of Pediatrics found newborns and infants born to smoking mothers had higher sleep arousal thresholds to auditory challenges than those born to nonsmoking mothers. The impact of exposure to cigarette smoke occurred before birth.

Franco P, Groswasser J, Hassid S, Lanquart JP, Scaillet S, Kahn A   Prenatal exposure to cigarette smoking is associated with a decrease in arousal in infants   J Pediatr. 1999 (Jul);   135 (1):   34-38