Even though it was largely known that secondhand smoking affects humans and pets altogether, a team of Chinese researchers now claim that women who grew up in households where thick clouds of cigarette smoke was a common occurrence have an increased risk of miscarrying.
The survey, which was published earlier this week in the journal Tobacco Control suggests women who have been subjected to secondhand smoking in their early years of development have an approximately 20 percent increased risk of not being able to give birth to a healthy infant on the first try. On the other hand, women who lived with smokers, but who did not smoke inside their home, were not affected through motherhood.
The Chinese researchers based their study on approximately 20,000 women’s recollections of their youth spent in close proximity to smokers. The subjects were aged 50 and above. Upon concluding that secondhand smoking had a devastating effect on their pregnancies, the researchers called for the reinforcement of smoke-free policies in the country and promotion of smoke-free homes in an effort to protect children from the dangers associated with the habit.
Even though multiple similar studies have been conducted all over the world in the past, the latest discovery made by the Chinese researchers has its flaws. One major limitation of the study consists of its subjects. The researchers focused only on Chinese women living within the country’s borders at the time of the survey.
Moreover, the study was based on the subject’s recollections of whom they lived with during their early years of development and the smoking habits of those family members, work colleagues, or friends. Furthermore, there is no way of knowing how much secondhand smoking the women were subjected to in their day-to-day life during both their youth, as well as their gestation periods.
All that the researchers were able to recommend was for women, especially expectant mother or those who plan on having a baby to stay as far away as possible from places where smokers congregate, especially bars or office spaces dedicated to smokers.
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