Not only is maternal smoking during pregnancy linked to low birth weight babies and preterm labor, but now researchers have found that children of women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to become smokers themselves. Even if the mother quits before her children reach school-age (and presumably become aware of their mother’s smoking), children of mothers who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to be regular smokers at age 22. Researchers from the University of Arizona College of Medicine found that the impact of maternal smoking was independent of paternal smoking and also the effect of peer smoking during the offspring’s adolescence. Read more about the study. Provide copies of this helpful handout from the March of Dimes for smokers in your childbirth classes.