Posts tagged: maternal smoking

Moms-to-be smoke less after workplace smoking ban

Tweet Ireland’s implementation of a workplace smoking ban in 2004 appears tied to a decline in maternal smoking rates as well as lower risk for preterm births, study findings hint. Compared with the year prior to the smoking ban, 12 percent fewer women reported smoking during pregnancy in the year after the ban, Dr. Zubair Kabir, of the Tobacco Free Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland, and colleagues report. Their study, in BJOG: An Inter ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking in pregnancy linked to reduced lung function in offspring

Tweet MedWire News: Maternal smoking during pregnancy is associated with poorer lung function among offspring in early adulthood, results of an Australian study show. Lead researcher M Hayatbakhsh (University of Queensland, Herston) and team explain that there is strong evidence to suggest that in utero exposure to maternal smoking results in childhood lung function deficits. However, they add: “There is uncertainty about whether this effect pe ... Jump to full article >>

Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Before Birth Affects DNA

Tweet Cigarettes may trigger prenatal gene changes, leading to lifelong health problems, study suggests Women who smoke while pregnant increase their unborn child’s long-term risk for health problems, including childhood asthma, cardiovascular disease and lower pulmonary function, and a new study may help experts understand why. Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) found that maternal sm ... Jump to full article >>

Island Health Authority hopes to reduce maternal smoking rate

Tweet Health officials hope new measures will help reduce the relatively high number of pregnant women who smoke on Vancouver Island. Health officials hope new measures will help reduce the relatively high number of pregnant women who smoke on Vancouver Island. The Vancouver Island Health Authority has noted a maternal smoking rate higher than the provincial average since at least 2001. In 2006-07, more than 16 per cent of births involved materna ... Jump to full article >>