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27 Jul 2006

passive smoking in pregnancy
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.smoking narguileh
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GynaeDoc
gynaedoc

01 Jan 0001

Passive smoking can affect the baby, but a once off exposure of one hour would not be harmful.

Best wishes
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