Citizens for Clean Air and Clean Lungs

Tobacco Odor In Breast Milk Of Smokers
A study conducted by researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia found that the more a woman smokes, the more her breast milk smells like tobacco smoke.

The researchers speculate that the findings raise the possibility that in addition to the effects of nicotine on the developing brain, early experiences with the flavor of tobacco in breast milk . . . influence the likelihood that exposed children will find these flavors appealing later in life.

The researches do not recommend that occasional smokers quit breast feeding, rather this should serve as an additional reason to quit smoking.

WASHINGTON POST, [12/1/98] "Scent Of Tobacco Smoke Found In Breast Milk," Don Colburn, p. 5

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