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  • Effects of Prenatal Smoking on Infant Neurodevelopment May be Worse than Feared

    In one of the largest studies of its kind to date, researchers have found that babies born to mothers who smoke while pregnant face substantial delays in early neurological development, and the effects may be stronger than researchers had previously thought. According to the study, published in t...

  • Smoking Riskier for Women's Hearts than Men's

    Women who smoke may develop heart disease at almost the same age as male smokers, wiping out the natural difference between the sexes, doctors said. In research presented to the European Society of Cardiology, Norwegian researchers said that women who smoke have heart attacks nearly 14 years ear...

  • Hazards: Secondhand Smoke May Affect Hearing

    Add yet another item to the long list of damaging effects of secondhand smoke: hearing loss in teenagers. Researchers, writing in the July issue of The Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, tested more than 2,000 teenagers for cotinine, an indicator of exposure to tobacco smoke. Aft...

  • Smoking and Tuberculosis

    There is growing evidence that tobacco smoking increases tuberculosis (TB) infection, disease and mortality, and that tobacco use may decrease the effectiveness of TB treatment leading to higher rates of relapse. Despite this growing evidence base, however, there is limited data on the effectiven...

  • "3rd-hand Smoke" Poses Risk to Infants

    "Third-hand" smoke - which lingers in cars, on furniture and on smokers themselves after a cigarette is extinguished - leaves toxic chemicals that crawling children can ingest, say pediatricians. In the issue of the journal Pediatrics, Dr. Jonathan Winickoff of Harvard Medical School and his coll...

  • Parents' Smoking Causes Lung Illness in Children

    There is a causal relationship between parental smoking and acute lower respiratory illness in their children. A new study published in the specialist journal Thorax has identified smoking in the home as a creating a 57-72% higher risk of respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia amo...