Dangers of tobacco products transcend generations
A child whose grandmother smoked while pregnant may have double the risk of developing childhood asthma, according to new research. A study published in the April issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, suggests that the harmful effects of tobacco products can be passed through the generations, even if the damage is not visibly apparent in the second generation.
"This is the first study to show that, if a woman smokes while she is pregnant, both her children and grandchildren may be more likely to have asthma as a result," said the studys author, Frank D. Gilliland, MD, PhD, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. "The findings suggest that smoking could have a long-term impact on a familys health that has never before been realized."
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