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WASHINGTON Women who smoke during pregnancy can cause health problems in children up to 17 years later. Children of smokers had a 50 percent increase in uncontrolled asthma.
Quit Before Becoming Pregnant
“Smoking during pregnancy only happens during the nine months. But we found the effects were still measureable eight to 17 years after the exposure,”
said Sam Oh of the University of the California at San Francisco, who studied minority women.
Oh suspects chemicals from smoking change something in the baby's genes in the womb. He says women who smoke should quit before they become pregnant.
The study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
The dangers of smoking during pregnancy include premature birth (being born too early), certain birth defects, and infant death.
posted July 25, 2012 6:50 am edt