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Anti smoking campaign call over cot deaths

Smoking has been singled out as posing a particular risk of sudden unexplained infant death, according to a new report.

Out of 45 deaths looked at in detail, 25 infants were in smoking homes.

The Public Health Wales report found the rate of smoking among parents was "alarmingly high" and highlighted the importance of smoke-free environments.

Report lead author Dr Paul Davis, a consultant paediatrician at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said a national awareness campaign could help cut the death rate further, adding that the last in 1991 was "phenomenally successful".

  • 20 Jan 2015
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