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Archivos de Pediatría del Uruguay

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RUBIO, Ivonne  y  KANOPA, Virginia. Cigarette smoking and child health: an issue that has not yet been assessed enough. Arch. Pediatr. Urug. [online]. 2015, vol.86, n.2, pp.126-129. ISSN 1688-1249.

In Uruguay the tobacco control campaign emphasized the adverse effects of smoking for the adult population as well as secondhand smoking. A reduction in cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer has been achieved, although not as much as expected. The campaign addressed the appearance of cigarette boxes and the price of the product. But what proved the most useful resource was the advice given to pregnant women. In the last decade many articles on the consequences of smoking during pregnancy have been published. Fetal loss, low birth weight and preterm delivery have been widely accepted as consequences of maternal smoking. After birth, smoking near the infant is a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome. Pediatricians, neonatologists and general practitioners that care for infants and children, should advice mothers and family on smoking and health


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