Medicine: Smoking During Pregnancy

The U.S. Government plans to persuade 2,000 women to stop smoking. The aim is not simply to encourage abstinence from tobacco, nor will a woman become eligible merely by making known her desire to give up cigarettes. To qualify, a woman must have smoked during one recent pregnancy and be willing to quit smoking while carrying another child.

The experiment has been organized by the National Institutes of Health as part of a huge ten-year study of 50,000 pregnancies and the health and growth of the resulting children. Smoking during pregnancy is of special interest to the researchers because women who smoke...

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