Birce Yüce1, Funda İfakat Tengiz2

1Izmir Katip Çelebi University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey
2Department of Medical Education, Izmir Katip Çelebi University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey

Keywords: Baby health, fetal development, maternal health, pregnancy, tobacco use


This review discusses the tobacco-using habits, especially cigarette smoking, of parents while focusing on women, before, during, and after pregnancy and the effects on the mother, infant, child, and prenatal fetus as well as the diseases that may occur. Data from many studies and surveys have shown that tobacco use causes various complications. Exposure of the in-utero fetus to tobacco smoke either directly or passively prevents its healthy and sufficient development. These effects persist after birth ranging among hypertension to obesity, insufficient lung development, neurodevelopment, behavioral problems, and many other fields. Without a doubt, this situation also causes similar problems in the mother as it does in the child.

Cite this article as: Yüce B, İfakat Tengiz F. Effects of tobacco use during pregnancy on infant and child health. D J Med Sci 2020;6(2):70-73.

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The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article.

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