An international online clinical journal recently published research that reveals major findings that smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Past studies have looked into the risk caused by smoking alone or drinking alone during pregnancy. This is the first large-scale prospective study to look at the two factors together and throughout the entire pregnancy. The Safe Passage Study followed more than 10-thousand women and 12-thousand fetuses to one year after delivery. They covered five US sites, including two American Indian Reservations and two sites in Cape Town, South Africa.
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