Smoking in pregnancy and second hand smoke triples baby’s risk of meningitis
This research is another nail in the coffin of second hand and third hand smoke being deadly to children.
“We estimate that an extra 630 cases of childhood invasive meningococcal disease every year are directly attributable to second-hand smoke in the UK alone. The findings from this study highlight consistent evidence of the further harms of smoking around children and during pregnancy, and thus parents and family members should be encouraged to not smoke in the home or around children”
Lead researcher Dr Rachael Murray.
University of Nottingham researchers analysed 18 different studies on the link between passive smoking and meningitis, and found:
- Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy were three times more likely to get meningitis
- The under-fives were found to be two and a half times more at risk of deadly meningitis
- Children exposed to smoke from a parent’s cigarettes at home are twice as likely to have the deadly meningitis
- Children exposed to second hand smoke in the home were more than twice as likely to get meningitis
Study by University of Nottingham researchers on data analysed from 18 different studies on the link between passive smoking and meningitis, as published in journal BMC Public Health, 2013. As reported by Pakistan News on June 12, 2013.