Quitting smoking before pregnancy could reduce infant deaths

06/11/2010 | HealthDay News

CDC researchers examined 3.3 million births in the U.S. in 2002 and found that smoking during pregnancy could be linked to as many as 8% of premature births and 19% of full-term babies born with a low birth weight that year. If the mothers had quit smoking, the researchers estimate that up to 7% of the deaths among premature infants and 34% of deaths caused by SIDS could have been prevented.

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