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Carcinogen in tobacco smoke can be passed to fetus

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7158.555 (Published 29 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:555
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    Researchers have found that one of the strongest carcinogens in tobacco smoke is transmitted to developing fetuses when a pregnant woman smokes.

    Stephen Hecht, a scientist at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center, found by- products of the nicotine derived chemical NNK in the first urine of babies born to mothers who had smoked during pregnancy. NNK is unique to tobacco and is a known carcinogen. …

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