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22.05.2017 Category: News

World No Tobacco Day 2017 on 31 May 2017

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The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 Tobacco – a threat to development is fitting pretty well to the following study: According to Tong et al., even nondaily smoking in the last three months of a pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of delivering a small for gestational age (SGA) infant. In addition, daily smoking was associated with preterm delivery.

The scientists used population-based data on about 89,000 women who delivered live singleton infants. Since they found no dose-response relationship with the number of cigarettes smoked per day, the scientists highly recommend to counsel pregnant women that smoking, including nondaily and daily smoking, can adversely affect birth outcomes. The study was first published in the Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology journal.

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