Please read Dr. Reichman’s article in the Journal of Perinatology titled, “Racial differences in the impact of maternal smoking on sudden unexpected infant death.“
In the United States, ~480,000 deaths occur from causes attributable to smoking, estimated to include 22% of the ~3500 infants who die annually from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). SUID consists of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the third leading cause of infant mortality in the USA (www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/infantmortality.htm), ill-defined and unspecified causes of mortality (IUCM), and Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB). Although, by definition, SIDS and IUCM are deaths for which no cause has been found, the social, health, and behavioral factors that elevate risk are well-established and include exposure of the fetus and infant to smoking. To read the full article.
Racial differences in the impact of maternal smoking on sudden unexpected infant death. Ostfeld BM, Schwartz-Soicher O, Reichman NE, Hegyi T. J Perinatol. 2022 Oct 21:1-5. PMID: 36271297 PMCID: PMC9589613 DOI: 1038/s41372-022-01516-0 Online ahead of print.