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How can smoking harm my unborn child?

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Smoking harms an unborn child in many ways. Nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco products, is carried through the mother's bloodstream directly into the baby.

Children of mothers who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to have lung problems and are 10 times more likely to develop asthma. Smoking during pregnancy has also been linked with low-birth weight newborns, premature births, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

From: Smoking and Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." 

American Lung Association: "What Is Lung Cancer?" 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: "Indoor Environmental Asthma Triggers - Secondhand Smoke."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 12, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." 

American Lung Association: "What Is Lung Cancer?" 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: "Indoor Environmental Asthma Triggers - Secondhand Smoke."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 12, 2018

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