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27 Jul 2006

passive smoking
Dear Doc,
Please answer my question honesly.
I am 16 weeks pregnant.
Yesterday I went to Lebanese restaurant for a meal with my best friend and for about one hour I was exposed to a narquileh (shisha) smoke as many people were smoking from these (strange to me) tubes it in the restaurant. Apparently, it is a flavoured tobacco which is being smoked (in the Middle East). I only found out later that IT IS THE ACTUAL tobacco they smoke and not the flavoured herbs as I was told by the waiter. I was so upset since than about the fact that for the whole hour I was the passive smoker of this horrible tobacco and this could harm my baby's development. I am so upset that I can not sleep.
Please, tell me how this hour could affect my baby. Thanks
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01 Jan 0001

Dear NaT
1 hour's exposure won't do permanent damage. The poor thing may just have had a fast heartbeat and less oxygen to use for the hour.
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