Prenatal and Postnatal Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Children's Health

Joseph R. DiFranza, C. Andrew Aligne, Michael Weitzman

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    Abstract

    Children's exposure to tobacco constituents during fetal development and via environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure is perhaps the most ubiquitous and hazardous of children's environmental exposures. A large literature links both prenatal maternal smoking and children's ETS exposure to decreased lung growth and increased rates of respiratory tract infections, otitis media, and childhood asthma, with the severity of these problems increasing with increased exposure. Sudden infant death syndrome, behavioral problems, neuro-cognitive decrements, and increased rates of adolescent smoking also are associated with such exposures. Studies of each of these problems suggest independent effects of both pre- and postnatal exposure for each, with the respiratory risk associated with parental smoking seeming to be greatest during fetal development and the first several years of life.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1007-1015
    Number of pages9
    JournalPediatrics
    Volume113
    Issue number4 II
    StatePublished - Apr 1 2004

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    Keywords

    • Asthma
    • Children
    • Environmental tobacco smoke
    • Otitis media
    • Prenatal
    • SIDS

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    DiFranza, J. R., Aligne, C. A., & Weitzman, M. (2004). Prenatal and Postnatal Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Children's Health. Pediatrics, 113(4 II), 1007-1015.

    Prenatal and Postnatal Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Children's Health. / DiFranza, Joseph R.; Aligne, C. Andrew; Weitzman, Michael.

    In: Pediatrics, Vol. 113, No. 4 II, 01.04.2004, p. 1007-1015.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    DiFranza, JR, Aligne, CA & Weitzman, M 2004, 'Prenatal and Postnatal Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Children's Health', Pediatrics, vol. 113, no. 4 II, pp. 1007-1015.
    DiFranza JR, Aligne CA, Weitzman M. Prenatal and Postnatal Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Children's Health. Pediatrics. 2004 Apr 1;113(4 II):1007-1015.
    DiFranza, Joseph R. ; Aligne, C. Andrew ; Weitzman, Michael. / Prenatal and Postnatal Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Children's Health. In: Pediatrics. 2004 ; Vol. 113, No. 4 II. pp. 1007-1015.
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