Studies confirm pregnant women should be encouraged to quit smoking
Two large studies confirmed that smoking during pregnancy causes serious infections in infants. According to the scientists at Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center maternal smoking is linked with several respiratory and non-respiratory infections in infants. In another study conducted by the scientists at the University of Washington maternal smoking was associated with hospitalization of infants due to a broad range of infectious diseases.
There was also a correlation between the number of cigarettes smoked and the severity of the infections. Pregnant women should be encouraged to quit smoking, but even if they are unable to do so reducing their smoking would be beneficial to their children’s health.