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More Stress for New Moms Hikes Secondhand Smoke Risk for Babies.

Thursday, March 12, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, identified statistically significant socio-demographic and socioeconomic trends on home smoking rules where an infant lives, but the underlying commonality was the level of stress the mother faced.     
Controlling for other factors, mothers under the age of 20 were 34 percent more likely to have no or only a partial home smoking rule, compared with those ages 20-34. Similarly, non-Hispanic black mothers were 23 percent more likely to not fully ban smoke from the home compared to non-Hispanic white mothers.

The findings also identified certain maternal stressors that increased the risk of infants in certain groups to have exposure to secondhand smoke. For example, members of the higher risk groups reported facing significant stressors that compromise social control, self-efficacy, or power within a household context, and this could leave them feeling powerless to change more established smoking habits, said Saint Onge.
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