CDC Tobacco-Related MMWR: Current Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Women
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Below is a link to a copy of the November 2nd Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report containing the following tobacco-related article (see page 877):
Current Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Women of Reproductive Age — 14 Countries, 2008–2010
Tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure in reproductive-aged women can cause adverse reproductive health outcomes, such as pregnancy complications, preterm delivery, stillbirths, and infant death. In 14 low- to middle-income countries surveyed during 2008-2010, almost half of reproductive-aged women (470 million women) were exposed to secondhand smoke in the home, and an estimated 92 million women were current tobacco users. Evidence-based tobacco control strategies outlined in the WHO ‘MPOWER' framework can prevent or reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in reproductive-aged women. These strategies include monitoring of the tobacco epidemic; offering assistance to quit; protecting people from exposure to SHS; warning about the dangers of tobacco; enforcing advertising bans, promotion and sponsorship; and raising prices and taxes on tobacco products.The online version of the journal will be available after noon (EDT) on the CDC Web site at www.cdc.gov/mmwr and a PDF version is located HERE.