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Smoking During Pregnancy May Not Be Risk Factor for Autism

Prenatal smoke exposure, autism spectrum disorders, pregnancy

The cause of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children isn’t yet entirely understood, but it is likely that both genetics and environmental factors are involved. Smoking during pregnancy was thought to be one of the contributing environmental factors as tobacco smoke is associated to behavioral disorders and obstetric complications, but researchers at Drexel University find no such link in their recent study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.