Prenatal exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) is responsible for adverse perinatal outcomes, including preterm birth. Smoking at home is the primary source of exposure to women during pregnancy. Hair nicotine analysis of mothers and infants was used to describe the relationship between prenatal SHS exposure and number of household smokers. Maternal hair nicotine was strongly correlated with the number of household smokers and was a more sensitive measure of household smoking than infant hair. Home smoking bans and focused public media campaigns on the harmful effects of SHS exposure are necessary prevention strategies to avoid adverse perinatal outcomes.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Nursing Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Mar 2012|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Funding: This study was funded by a University of Kentucky Faculty Research Grant and completed in part by a United States Public Health Service grant supporting the University of Kentucky General Clinical Research Center #M01RR02602 . This publication was made possible by grant number K12DA14040 from the Office of Women’s Health Research and the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institute of Health . Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of National Institutes of Health.
- Preterm birth
- Secondhand smoke
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nursing (all)