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Implications for practice and research
■ Consistent and valid prenatal screening methods are necessary to document accurate exposure rates to second hand smoke (SHS).
■ Preconceptual parental education regarding the effects of prenatal exposure to SHS could contribute to a reduction in adverse perinatal outcomes.
■ Future research should consider using biochemical markers to determine exposure.
The science is clear that maternal tobacco use during pregnancy has adverse effects on acute and long-term perinatal outcomes. However, evidence regarding outcomes of prenatal SHS exposure is …
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