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Study Shows that Smoking While Pregnant can Increase the Risk SIDS

by | March 14, 2019

It’s been common knowledge and scientifically backed up for years that smoking while pregnancy is harmful to the baby. Now we’re finding out just how dangerous it can be to smoke while pregnant. According to a study in the journal Pediatrics, smoking just one cigarette per day during pregnancy can double the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).

Smoking While Pregnant
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Smoking While Pregnant

A study published by the journal Pediatrics on Monday showed that smoking one cigarette per day while pregnant can double the chance of SUID. The study analyzed over twenty million births and nineteen thousand unexpected infant deaths using data from the (CDC) US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s birth/infant death data from 2007 and 2011.

According to the study, that smoking while pregnant, increses the risk of death increases by .07% for every cigarette smoked, increasing a baby’s risk of unexpected death by almost triple for every packet of twenty cigarettes smoked during pregnancy, compared to baby’s of non-smokers.

SUID covers sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), suffocation, strangulation and unknown causes of death in infants between the age of one month and one year. About 3,500 infants die each year unexpectedly from SUID.

Lead study author, and neuroscientist at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Tatiana Anderson, says that “every cigarette counts” and she also thinks that doctors should be having conversations with their patients about how quitting smoking decreases the odds for SUID.

Dr. Cedric Ruland, pulmonologist and spokesperson for the American Lung Association, said that “one of the most compelling and important points in the study is that just smoking one or two cigarettes had an effect on sudden infant death.

The study did show that cutting back on the number of cigarettes smoked was still beneficial, even though quitting entirely should be the ultimate goal.


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