Smoking May Impair Teens’ Attention

March 21, 2007 — Teens may have more trouble paying attention if they smoke, especially if their mothers smoked cigarettes during pregnancy.

That news comes from researchers including Leslie Jacobsen, MD, of the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics at Yale University’s medical school.

Exposure to tobacco smoke before birth or during the teen years may interfere with the development of attention skills, Jacobsen and colleagues report.

That’s one more reason to prevent smoking, especially among women of childbearing age, and to help people quit smoking, the researchers note.

Their study looked at 181 teens. The researchers asked the teens’ moms if they had smoked during pregnancy. Read More…

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