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Addiction and Substance Abuse

Secondhand crack smoke

06/12/2008

Question:

My boyfriend started smoking crack when I was 3 1/2 months pregnant and I lived with him in one room and was exposed to the smoke until I became 5 months pregnant and moved out. Will this affect my baby?

Answer:

I would suspect that your baby would be unaffected. My best advice would be that you stay away from him. Being in an intimate relationship with a crack user is, in my opinion, a big mistake.

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Response by:

Peter D Rogers, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University