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Smoking while pregnant doubles the risk of sudden infant death: study

March 11, 2019 - 9:50 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- If you smoke while pregnant, you are doubling the risk that your newborn will die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

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That's the finding of a new study in the journal 'Pediatrics', which says even one cigarette a day while pregnant can have that effect.

"One of the most compelling and most important points that I would take away from the study is that even smoking one or two cigarettes still had an effect on sudden infant death," pulmonologist Dr. Cedric "Jamie" Rutland told CNN.

If a smoker reaches a pack a day, the risk nearly triples.

Researchers analyzed more than 20,000 births between 2007 and 2011, and found that prenatal smoking was also linked to an increased risk of asthma, infantile colic, and childhood obesity.

The study said even secondhand smoke is a problem, increasing the risk of low birth weight.