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Arrow BulletSmoking and Pregnancy Status Report 2003

Smoking and Pregnancy Status Report 2003 (PDF 326KB, 30 pages) focuses on the many adverse effects of smoking to the fetus and resultant newborn. The information is summarized in this report and includes the effects of smoking and pregnancy including:

  • low birthweight
  • prematurity
  • intra uterine growth retardation (IUGR)

In addition, a baby's exposure to second hand smoke has been associated with developing:

  • pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • lung disease
  • sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

The Peel Health Department contacted 560 out of 889 women during the months of May and June 2002. Of these, 421 consented to be a part of the study for a participation rate of 75%. This study showed that the prevalence of smoking during pregnancy in the Region of Peel of 14.5% was similar to the 17% shown in the 2001 study and was also comparable to other Canadian studies.


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