Smoking Increases Risk of Autism During Pregnancy

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By Kathleen Blanchard RN for eMaxHealth.com

As researchers try to put the pieces of a puzzle together about what causes autism, one study finds a possible link between the disorder and smoking during pregnancy. Though the finding doesn’t show cause, there is a suggestion that women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have a child with autism spectrum disorder.

The finding specifically links smoking during pregnancy with a higher chance of having a child with high-functioning autism such as Asperger’s disorder, according to preliminary findings from a study by researchers involved in the U.S. autism surveillance program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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