Passive smoking in pregnancyBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7149.1981 (Published 27 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1981
- Dominique S Crowley, Public health registrar,
- Michael Geary, Research fellow
- Kingston and Richmond Health Authority, Surbiton, Surrey KT5 9AL
- Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College London Medical School, London WC1E 6HX
EDITOR—In the issue of 18 October several original papers and an editorial by Davis1 highlighted the importance of passive smoking—an issue that deserves to receive widespread publicity. The problem of passive smoking in pregnancy remains underappreciated by both healthcare workers and the public.
Smoking in pregnancy is associated with numerous complications for both mother and baby. Effects start in utero, resulting in increased perinatal mortality and morbidity and the sudden infant death syndrome.2 Many pregnant women appreciate that their own cigarette smoking …