Maternal smoking and quality of life more than thirty years later. Academic Article uri icon


  • This communication in response to the recent paper on passive smokers during childhood and long term work disability (1) and the comments in the BMJ (2), where the focus was on the increased risk for back pain later in life. This study (1) was conducted in Oslo with 4,744 nurse aides exposed to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and followed for 15 months. The aides exposed to ETS were more likely to have neck pain, high back pain, lower back pain and more like to take sick leave exceeding eight weeks. We have looked at long term effects (more than 30 years) of maternal smoking on later quality of life of children exposed in uterine life (3). OUR STUDIES The Copenhagen Perinatal Birth Cohort 1959-61 is a prospective longitudinal perinatal study that included all deliveries (over 20 weeks gestation, birthweight over 250g) that took place at the

publication date

  • July 30, 2004