Passive smoking may harm babies in utero

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 03 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:903
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Prenatal exposure to passive cigarette smoke can cause potentially carcinogenic mutations, according to a recent study.

    Although it is widely accepted that active smoking is carcinogenic in adults, this study (Nature Medicine 1998;4:1144-51) is the first to show that cigarette induced genetic alterations may occur in utero and that maternal exposure to passive smoke is sufficient to induce these mutations. Recently, researchers reported that they had found byproducts of …

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