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Smoking dads can impact unborn babies, study says

June 24, 2019 - 4:00 am

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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  It has been known for quite some time that if a mother smokes while she is pregnant a can have damaging effects on the unborn baby including impacting growth and respiratory issues.

However, now there is a new study which finds that if dad smokes while mom is pregnant it can have an impact as well.

If you think about it, it makes a great deal of sense.

We know about the problems associated with secondhand smoke — there is no reason to think that a baby in utero would be protected from the poor quality air.

According to the report children who are exposed to tobacco smoke from their father's while there in the womb may be more likely than those who are not to develop asthma by the age of six.

What is particularly concerning about this study is that damage done years before — even before birth — can have a long-term impact.