Smoking in Pregnancy Damages Arteries in Offspring

Maternal smoking during pregnancy

can lead to arterial damage detectable in the offspring at 5 years, yet three-quarters of parents of young children continued to smoke after participating in smoking cessation programs, researchers reported.

Passi

ve smoking has been linked to thickening of arterial walls in young adults and abnormalities of endothelial function in children, but it has not been clear whether maternal smoking interferes with vascular

development in the fetus.

Researchers analyzed data from a prospective population-based study that included 259 children.

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