Smoking During Pregnancy May Cause Severe Asthma for Baby When in His or Her Teens

A recent study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco, and soon to be published in the The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that: “In an analysis of nearly 2,500 Latino and African-American children with asthma, the researchers found that children between age 8 and 17 with acute asthma symptoms were far more likely to have had mothers who smoked during pregnancy, even when the team controlled for elements such as education, socioeconomic level and childhood exposure to tobacco smoke. ‘If women smoked while pregnant, their children had about a 50 percent increase in uncontrolled asthma, even when we controlled for current tobacco exposure,’ said Sam S. Oh, PhD, MPH, a postdoctoral scholar in epidemiology at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Research and Education, who is first author on the paper. ’Kids who are 17 years old still show the effects of something they were exposed to during the first nine months of life.’” To read an article about the study, click here. To view the abstract click here.