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Smoking and Pregnancy

Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(2):272. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-79-2-272
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Almost 20 years have passed since the publication of the first epidemiologic reports that implicated cigarette smoking as an etiologic factor in lung cancer and other diseases. During these years cigarette smoking by men has declined appreciably, proportionately less so in women. According to current estimates, almost one third of the adult women in this country smoke cigarettes*.

For obvious reasons early studies were largely based on the smoking experience of men. For this sex the association of multiple disease states with cigarette smoking is now well documented. More recently it has become clear that women, as well as men,


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