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08 March 2011

Secondhand smoke hurts in utero

Women exposed to secondhand smoke while pregnant are more likely to experience a stillbirth or have babies with birth defects, a new meta-analysis concludes.

Women exposed to secondhand smoke while pregnant are more likely to experience a stillbirth or have babies with birth defects, a new meta-analysis concludes.

Although the increased risks of stillbirth and birth defects are not massive, Dr Leonardi-Bee wrote, "they are a lot larger in magnitude than what one would anticipate if we believe that passive smoke only has 1% of the effect of active smoking."

 
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