Prenatal smoking linked to greater likelihood of cleft defects

01/19/2014 | U.S. News & World Report

Infants born to mothers who smoked while pregnant had a 30% to 50% higher risk of having a cleft lip or cleft palate than those unexposed to prenatal smoke, according to a report released Friday from the U.S. surgeon general. Aside from being linked to an increased risk of premature birth and stillbirth, smoking during pregnancy is associated with approximately 1,000 infant deaths in the U.S. every year, the report said.

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