Talk:Smoking and pregnancy

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Proposed merger into Effects of smoking during pregnancy[edit]

This is a nice article, and well documented. However, the topic is very similar to Effects of smoking during pregnancy which has been around longer, and is more entrenched in Wikipedia (has links to the page, catagories, etc.) I would propose merging the two articles into one. Mitartep (talk) 04:41, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Ezerhusen, In your change history at 16:44, 9 May 2010 you said "I believe that the title of the other article limits the scope too much, as this article talks about before and after pregnancy -- whereas the other's title implies the effects of smoking only during." I'll buy that. . . You've also done a nice job adding Wikilinks from other articles. I added the same catagories that were on the "Smoking during pregnancy" article and made "See Also" links between the two. Once again, nice article. Thanks for your contributions.Mitartep (talk) 16:08, 14 May 2010 (UTC)
I agree that the two articles should be merged, however I think that "Smoking and pregnancy" is the preferable title of the two, since the title "Effects of smoking during pregnancy" is (a) unnecessarily long, and (b) sounds less dispassionate in terms of objectively delivering facts around the effects of exposure to cigarette toxins on fetuses, regardless of where it's coming from.--TyrS (talk) 00:13, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
Also, the "Effects of smoking during pregnancy" title makes no sense in relation to its own section on impotence, which relates to the effect of cigarette smoking on the fertility of adult men.--TyrS (talk) 00:25, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
Hmm, I wonder if something like "Cigarettes and human reproduction" might be better than either one, if we want to cover all of these various aspects in an unbiased way?--TyrS (talk) 00:27, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
Regardless of the ultimate name of this article, I agree with the merger, and will perform it now. Mikael Häggström (talk) 07:50, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

SIDS study needing clarification[edit]

I think the following text needs a clarification of what actually are the results, rather than just basically stating "research has been done on this":

Another perspective on the effects of smoking during pregnancy is the research done on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), low birthweight babies, early delivery, and fetal growth restriction.[1]

Mikael Häggström (talk) 09:09, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

Text relating to premature birth[edit]

I removed the following text from the article, because it seems to deal with premature birth rather than specifically smoking and pregnancy, and the premature birth article can provide references with better quality for the statements. What is needed here is rather a good quality reference supporting the claim that smoking during pregnancy would increase the risk of premature birth.

Premature birth can create respiratory problems in newborn babies. One of the main reasons for these respiratory issues stems from inadequate production of surfactant in the lungs of the newborn. Surfactant reduces water tension in the lungs, which is necessary to ensure that the alveoli in the lungs remain open and do not run the risk of “sticking” together. Without surfactant, water molecules that are a part of the air an infant would inhale would “stick” to each other and ultimately cause the lungs to collapse. This would mean that the newborn would be unable to breathe and therefore would not receive any oxygen.[2]

Mikael Häggström (talk) 09:43, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

Seconhand smoke and myocardial infarction[edit]

I moved the following text out of the article, because it first part seems to be unreferenced duplicates of what is already given (and referenced) elsewhere in the article, and the second part is about seconhand smoke and myocardial infarction, whose association with pregnancy seems rather distant, and is already given (and referenced) in the Secondhand smoking article.

Secondhand smoke is known to harm children, infants and reproductive health through acute lower respiratory tract illness, asthma induction and exacerbation, chronic respiratory symptoms, middle ear infection, lower birth weight babies, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. In a study published on August 25, 2004 smoke-free policies were linked to a short-term reduction in admissions for acute myocardial infarction.[3][4] In a study released on February 12, 2006 warning signs for cardiovascular disease are higher in people exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, adding to the link between "passive smoke" and heart disease. "Our study provides further evidence to suggest low-level exposure to secondhand smoke has a clinically important effect on susceptibility to cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Andrea Venn of University of Nottingham in Britain, lead author of the study.[5]

Mikael Häggström (talk) 16:31, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

Permission to use photo[edit]

Does Wikipedia have permission to use that "Pregnant woman smoking outside a London hospital" photo? I'm just thinking, she might not want to become the laughing stock of the world, shamed for smoking - and it is London, and English speaking country we're talking about (talk) 11:57, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

  1. ^ Bowden, Jacqueline A., Debra A. Oag, Kate L. Smith, and Caroline L. Miller. "An Integrated Brief Intervention to Address Smoking During Pregnancy." Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica 89.4 (2010): 496-504. Academic Search Premier. Web. 26 April 2010. <>
  2. ^ "Lungs and Respiratory System." Kids Health. Ed. Steven Dowshen. Nemours, Nov. 2009. Web. 27 April 2010. <>
  3. ^ Short-term effects of Italian smoking regulation on rates of hospital admission for acute myocardial infarction
  4. ^ Effective Tobacco Control Measures
  5. ^ "Secondhand Smoke Raises Heart Disease Risk". Reuters, February 12, 2007.