Article type: Original Research

PUBLISHED 1 July 1978

Volume 3 Issue 1

Some comments on the effects on the development child of material smoking during pregnancy

Max Boyce

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Max Boyce


1 Child Studies, Toorak State College, Melbourne

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Until the late 1960's the most popular advice literature for expectant mothers did not concern itself with advice on smoking. However, since the turn of the decade there have been increasing exhortations against smoking during pregnancy. For example, the Health Education Council (U.K.) has produced a pamphlet which commences: “When a pregnant woman smokes she puts her unborn baby's life at risk. Every time she inhales, she poisons her baby's bloodstream with nicotine and carbon monoxide.” Why have there been these increasing exhortations, and what is the evidence?

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