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Smoking during pregnancy found to affect immune system

There have been a lot of studies on the topic of smoking during pregnancy. Most people know that smoking while pregnant can have serious effects on the unborn child, but few are aware of the extent of the problems that can arise from the act. 

A recent study from the Leipzig Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research looked into how exposure to tobacco smoke in utero affects the development of the immune system. Results of the study, which was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, pointed to the fact that environmental stressors such as smoke impact the development of the immune system at the molecular level. It can even impact gene regulation. 

This is one of the first times research has focused on the processes happening at a molecular level, and it helps to explain some of the affects of smoking during pregnancy. 

The first step toward protecting young or unborn children is ridding the air of smoke and chemicals that may cause harm. Many adults turn to professional-grade home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas, which can clear a wide variety of irritants out of a space.