Prenatal exposure to second hand smoke and adverse perinatal outcomes
- Department of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA
- Correspondence to Kristin B Ashford
Department of Nursing, #417 CON Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40514, USA;
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 …