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Health messages on smoking and breastfeeding in maternity hospitals of Eastern Europe
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  1. E A S Nelson1,
  2. S Cowan2,
  3. A Serra3,
  4. V Mangiaterra3,
  5. MAS Study Group for WHO EURO Region
  1. 1The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong
  2. 2Education for Change, Christchurch, New Zealand
  3. 3Child Health and Development, WHO/EURO, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr EAS Nelson, Department of Paediatrics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 6/F Clinical Science Building, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong;
 tony-nelson{at}cuhk.edu.hk

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Smoking, particularly antenatal smoking by the mother, has been consistently shown in many studies to be associated with increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).1 After the prone sleep position, smoking is the next most important modifiable risk factor for SIDS. Smoking not only undermines the health, development, and survival of the child, but of the mother and other family members, too. A survey of maternity hospitals in Eastern European countries was undertaken in 1999 to collect information on practices associated with increased risk of SIDS. We report here a comparison of smoking and breastfeeding practices of these hospitals.

The collaborative network of the World Health Organization in Eastern Europe (CCEE/NIS) identified country coordinators in 22 Eastern European countries and data were received from 489 hospitals in …

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