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Adverse health effects of prenatal and postnatal tobacco smoke exposure on children
  1. W Hofhuis,
  2. J C de Jongste,
  3. P J F M Merkus
  1. Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre Rotterdam, Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr W Hofhuis
    Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre Rotterdam, Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, Netherlands; w.hofhuiserasmusmc.nl

Abstract

Parents who choose to smoke are possibly not aware of, or deny, the negative effects of passive smoking on their offspring. This review summarises a wide range of effects of passive smoking on mortality and morbidity in children. It offers paediatricians, obstetricians, specialists in preventive child health care, general practitioners, and midwives an approach to promote smoking cessation in smoking parents before, during, and after pregnancy.

  • environmental tobacco smoke
  • infant
  • passive smoking
  • pregnancy
  • ADHD, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder
  • COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • ETS, environmental tobacco smoke
  • FEV, forced expiratory volume
  • SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome

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  • * Evidence in these groups is level II-2 evidence:“evidence obtained from well designed cohort or case-control analytical studies, preferably from more than one centre or research group”.83

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