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Fathers’ Smoking Before Conception Increases Asthma Risk in Babies – Study

Moremi Elekwachi




Munich (dpa/NAN) – A recent research by the University of Bergen in Norway has found that men who smoke increase the risk of their children been asthmatic even if they give up long before conception.

The study found that the earlier a man takes up smoking, the higher the risk that his offspring would suffer from non-allergic asthma.

Cecilie Svanes, Leader of the study group, said during the presentation of the research at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich, that the smoking habits of more than 13,000 men and women were examined during the study.

She suggested that sperm are particularly susceptible to the influence of harmful substances in a certain stage of development.

Svanes said even at that, those who start smoking later could be causing harm to their future children, especially if they smoke over a long period.

“If a man smokes for more than 10 years before conception, the risk of his children having asthma increases by 50 per cent,’’ she said.

“Given these results, we can presume that exposure to any type of air pollution, from occupational exposures to chemical exposures, could also have an effect,” she added.

Svanes said the study found no link between the mothers’ smoking prior to conception and a child’s asthma.

She said the findings however indicated that only tobacco consumption during pregnancy could affect the unborn child.

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Moremi Elekwachi is a Media and Communications expert. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and a Master’s Degree in Communication Management (with a concentration in Marketing communication) from the University of Southern California. She is Founder and Lead Publicist at Euphorique PR, a leading full-service Public Relations & Marketing Communications company that helps individuals, companies and public figures effectively communicate, engage, and build relationships with their target audiences & stakeholders via digital media and traditional media platforms. Prior to establishing Euphorique PR, Moremi gathered a wealth of experience, working at prestigious media companies both at home and abroad including Wondros (Los Angeles, CA), Wildflower PR, and also BellaNaija, where she served as News Editor & Head of Business Development. Moremi is also the founder of, a fresh platform dedicated to empowering and celebrating the modern African millennial woman, as she strives to live her best life. In her spare time, she loves to write, gossip about popular culture, and sing her heart out. @queenmoremi: Twitter @queenmoremi: Facebook @queenmoremi: Instagram

1 Comment

  1. ak

    September 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm


    SO “Svanes said the study found no link between the mothers’ smoking prior to conception and a child’s asthma.”

    So the mother, that carries the child in the womb for 9 months, from whose body the child receives ALL its nourishment, cannot give the child Asthma, but it is the dad who gave up smoking who can?

    I call BS.

    I was actually thinking the article was going along a second hand smoke story line from the father to the unborn child. But it says, the dad could have stopped smoking 10 years prior.

    WOW. Such BS. These researchers will do anything once you pay them the money

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