Exposure to tobacco smoke significantly reduces birth weight of the child, can cause pre-term delivery and increases the risk of spontaneous abortion and stillbirth. Tobacco consumption increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

There is good evidence that second-hand smoke causes diseases in children, such as middle ear disease, respiratory symptoms, impaired lung function, childhood asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and lower respiratory illness.

Sources and References:

European Commission, Tobacco or Health in the European Union: Past, Present and Future, Luxembourg, 2004

WHO, Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic: the MPOWER package, Geneva, 2008

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