Fetal Nicotine or Cocaine Exposure:
Which One is Worse?
A number of articles hit the news the past several months regarding smoking and SIDS.
More information follows. We have received many e-mail messages asking for more
information. The public has been on an information roller coaster, the result of an
explosion of medical reports, each heralding a "breakthrough in SIDS research."
We need to help people separate myth from fact and risk factor from cause. We will post
information as it becomes available to us.
Please keep the following in mind:
- When it comes to media coverage of SIDS, we often feel a sense of frustration in
being confronted with misleading headlines, announcements of so-called breakthroughs and
statements taken out of context.
- Please read the article, "Mass Media's" Role in SIDS Education, at <http://sids-network.org/media.htm>.
We are currently gathering more information about this specific research and will keep
Dr.Theodore Slotkin, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, Duke
University Medical Center, has been in contact with the SIDS Network and has offered to
answer any questions about their research or the specific article below.
Thank you Dr. SLotkin.
Health Risk To
"Cigarette Babies" Is Neglected, Duke Scientist Charges: news (Science Daily
posted 8 June 1998, source DUke University)
Fetal Nicotine or Cocaine
Exposure: Which One is Worse?: Article (Theodore A. Slotkin, from the June 1998 Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics)