New study show the link between Swedish Snuff and increase risk of stillbirth
Sunday, 08 September 2013
The use of Swedish snuff has been discussed internationally as a safer alternative to tobacco smoking. As a result,
international cigarette manufacturers are promoting new snuff products,
and the use of Swedish snuff is increasing, especially among women of
childbearing age. The effect of Swedish snuff on pregnancy
complications has remained unknown up until now.
A news study shows that women of child bearing age who consume snuff
during pregnancy face the greater possibility that their foetus
will die. According to radio Sweden, snuff is almost as dangerous
for the foetus as smoking, as they refer to the largest study done on
stillbirth and snuff by the Karolinska Institute and Uppsala
University in Sweden.
According to the study, the use of Swedish snuff during pregnancy was
associated with a higher risk of stillbirth. The mechanism behind this
increased risk seems to differ from the underlying mechanism in
smokers. Swedish snuff does not appear to be a safe alternative to
cigarette smoking during pregnancy.
Anna-Karin Wikström, a researcher at the Karolinska Institute and
Uppsala University has been involved in the study and believes that it
is the nicotine that underlies the increased risk.
"Both cigarettes and nicotine, that is what they have in common. That
should be the nicotine that gives this negative effect. We know that
nicotine impairs blood flow to the baby, says Anna-Karin Wikström to
For those women who stop smoking or using snuff before pregnancy, the risk is eliminated.
"If one stops using snuff in early pregnancy, so the risk that the
foetus will dies is completely reversed" says Anna-Karin Wikström,
researchers at the Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University.
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