Influence of Socio-Cultural Factors on Smoking while Pregnant

Author(s): Chika Ejike

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Published: 2022-12-13


The inequalities in health and healthcare exist worldwide. The health of any individual is strongly affected by social factors at personal, family, community, and national levels. Smoking has been identified as the single biggest cause of inequality in morbidity and mortality between rich and poor people in many countries.

Smoking cessation has been a major public health focus in recent years. While smoking was formerly perceived as glamorous and popular, modern medicine has linked it to a variety of diseases and issues. Unfortunately, the habit is highly addictive and there are a lot of challenges.

This study is a descriptive assessment of the influence of socio-cultural factors on smoking during pregnancy, also, while focusing on the current surge of second-hand smoking and its health effects during pregnancy.