[TobaccoAction] prenatal smoking and ADHD

Jeanne Mahoney JMahoney at acog.org
Wed Sep 20 10:33:42 EDT 2006

Below is a link to a study just published in the online  journal of Environmental Health Perspectives linking prenatal smoking and childhood lead exposure to ADHD.  Although there have been smaller studies on the smoking issue, this is the strongest major study (n 4,700 children) of its kind.  If causally linked the data suggest that prenatal tobacco exposure accounts for 270,000 excess cases of ADHD per year.  This is another strong reason to encourage women to stop smoking during pregnancy and for insurers and policy makers to support perinatal smoking cessation.  

For a  free download of this study go to :www.ehponline.org/members/2006/9478/9478.pdf


Jeanne Mahoney
Providers Partnership Project
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th St., SW
Washington, DC 20024
FAX 202/484-3917

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