Study shows smoking while pregnant doubles babies’ chances of sudden death

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Researchers say just one cigarette per day during a pregancy could double the chances of a baby’s sudden, unexpected death. 

CNN reported that the study, published in the journal “Pediatrics,” analyzed more than 20 million births, including more than 19,000 unexpected infant deaths. The risk of death rises slightly for each additional cigarette that a pregnant woman smokes. 

If a woman smokes a pack of cigarettes per day while pregnant, the baby’s risk of unexpected sudden death nearly triples, when compared to infants of non-smokers. 

Self-reported statistics show that about 338,000 women admit to smoking during pregnancy each year and that more than half of them are unwilling or unable to stop. 

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