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The Harm of Tobacco Starts Before BirthThe Harm of Tobacco Starts Before Birth

Harold J. Farber, MD, MSPH, FCCP
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From the Pulmonary Section, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Harold J. Farber, MD, MSPH, FCCP, Pulmonary Section, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, 6701 Fannin, Ste 1040, Houston, TX 77030; e-mail: hjfarber@texaschildrens.org


FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The author has reported to CHEST the following conflicts of interest: Dr Farber receives salary support for service as Associate Medical Director for Texas Children’s Health Plan and travel support for service on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Tobacco Control.

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Chest. 2015;148(3):573-574. doi:10.1378/chest.15-0767
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Tobacco is unique among heavily promoted consumer products in that it causes disease and death when used exactly as intended. The development of the mass-produced cigarette with its aggressive promotion and addictive potential led, in the 20th century, to the rapid escalation of the tobacco epidemic and tobacco-caused disease. With aggressive promotion to adolescent and young adult women in the mid-20th century forward, the prevalence of tobacco smoke exposure and tobacco dependence among women of childbearing age rapidly escalated and, from that, the in utero tobacco product exposure of their children.

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