Here's One Inheritance You Don't Want

Aug 05, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- If your mother smoked during her pregnancy, you are more likely to be addicted to nicotine as a young adult.

Smoking during resulted in offspring being more likely to have nicotine dependence or withdrawal at 21 years of age than offspring of mothers who never smoked.

This is the finding of a study published in the August issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Led by Dr Frances O’Callaghan from Griffith University’s School of Psychology, the study was based on information from approximately 7,000 involved in the Mater Hospital-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy.

The 21-year study interviewed women at their first antenatal visit to the hospital, several days after delivery, at six months, and at 5, 14 and 21 years. Offspring were also assessed at six months, and at 5, 14 and 21 years.

Of the offspring who were interviewed at 21 years, 25% reported regular smoking, and of these, 65% showed either nicotine dependence or withdrawal.

Other measures that may account for nicotine disorder in , such as , parenting style, family communication and anxiety/depression were also examined, but were less important.

“When we controlled for these characteristics, the relationship between maternal smoking during pregnancy and adult disorder remained consistent and significant,” said Dr O’Callaghan.

“The long-term health implications for their children strengthen the argument for mothers to stop smoking during pregnancy.”

“The findings also highlight the need to reinforce measures to help pregnant women and women of childbearing age to stop .”

More information: This article is published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (Vol. 33, Issue 4). www3.interscience.wiley.com/jo… ct?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0

Provided by Wiley (news : web)

Explore further: CDC charges Johns Hopkins to lead development of Ebola training module

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Exercise effective in helping pregnant women kick the habit

Sep 23, 2008

Exercise could be a useful tool in helping pregnant women to give up smoking, according to new research published today in the open access journal BMC Public Health. Despite the warnings, 17% of women in the UK and 20% of ...

Recommended for you

Study reveals state of crisis in Canadian foster care system

15 hours ago

A new study of foster care in Canada led by a researcher at Western University reveals a shrinking number of foster care providers are available across the country to care for a growing number of children with increasingly ...

Researchers prove the benefits of persimmons for diet

16 hours ago

Alba Mir and Ana Domingo, researchers from the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the University of Valencia, under the supervision of professors Miguel de la Guardia and Maria Luisa Cervera, from the same department, ...

Hand blenders used for cooking can emit persistent chemicals

16 hours ago

Eight out of twelve tested models of hand blenders are leaking chlorinated paraffins when used according to the suppliers' instructions. This is revealed in a report from Stockholm University where researchers analyzed a ...

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

E_L_Earnhardt
not rated yet Aug 05, 2009
The addiction is NOT taste, but HEAT! Cured tobacco
is high in CARBON! The carbon atom maintains full orbits of high-speed electrons and, when heated, these orbits expand, break free, and bring a "rush"
that is addictive! (In cells they accelerate Mit.)
sjking2000
not rated yet Aug 10, 2009
Is it the mother smoking during pregnancy, or continuing to smoke during early years? Read The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell for more on that viewpoint