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MINNESOTA, Aug 26 (LSN) – The Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday on a University of Minnesota study which has shown that babies in utero are exposed to powerful cancer-causing chemicals when their mothers smoke, increasing the children’s likelihood of developing cancer. The Australian Medical Association (AMA)  has commenced a renewed effort to encourage mothers to quit smoking at least during pregnancy. AMA president, Dr David Brand said that this research adds to the growing list of threats to children associated with smoking during pregnancy. They include, “low birth weight, increased foetal, neonatal and perinatal mortality, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, ectopic pregnancy and spontaneous abortion.”