[TobaccoAction] prenatal smoking and ADHD

Sarah Hines Sarah.Hines at odh.ohio.gov
Wed Sep 20 11:05:53 EDT 2006

Thanks, Jeanne!  What a significant study! 

Sarah Hines, LICDC
Perinatal Smoking Cessation Consultant
(614) 728-8371
Sarah.Hines at odh.ohio.gov

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:tobaccoaction-bounces at suse.acog.org] On Behalf Of Jeanne Mahoney
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 10:34 AM
To: tobaccoaction at suse.acog.org
Subject: [TobaccoAction] prenatal smoking and ADHD

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


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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