Smoking can cause asthma in second generation children

Nicotine exposure during pregnancy could cause asthma in the smoker’s grandchildren, according to a new study.
The research, published in BMC Medicine, tested the effect of nicotine exposure during pregnancy on rats, looking at their pups and also second generation pups.

The results found that both the first generation and second generation pups had reduced lung function. The results found in the rats can be used as preliminary findings to help us understand how nicotine could affect humans.

Lead author, Dr Virender Rehan, said: “The effects of smoking during pregnancy are, it seems, very long lasting. Stop smoking education and intervention aimed at mothers-to-be and women planning pregnancy needs to take into account the fact that nicotine itself contains dangers to their children and their children’s children.”

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