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October 30, 2012 Women who smoke while pregnant may not only cause health problems for their children – but also their children’s children. Research suggests the dangers can spill down the generations, with a smoker’s grandchildren also more likely to suffer from asthma. Experts believe the harm caused by smoking in pregnancy can ‘switch on’ bad genes, which are then passed on. During pregnancy, nicotine can affect a baby’s developing lungs, predisposing the infant to childhood asthma. Although this risk is well-known, researchers from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in California in the US wanted to investigate the implications for future generations.
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