Prenatal Smoking Fosters Crime
"Prenatal Smoking And Crime"
June 14, 1999, p. A9
Researchers from the University of Kuopio in Finland have found that sons of
mothers who smoked during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to go on
to commit a violent crime or repeatedly commit crimes compared with sons of
women who did not smoke.
The study is published in the June issue of the
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY. The researchers collected information about
5,636 males and their mothers from the time the women were six months
pregnant until the children were 28 years old.
The researchers speculate
that smoking during pregnancy may affect the chemistry of the developing
The researchers could not examine, however, whether or not
the women who smoked were also more likely to commit crimes.
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