Journal of Undergraduate Research


antenatal exposure, second-hand smoke, cardiopulmonary energetics, mice


Life Sciences


Physiology and Developmental Biology


Secondhand smoke (SHS) is a well-established cause of respiratory illness in infants and children who live in environments where exposure is common. Recent studies have been performed to examine the potential effects of SHS exposure on fetus’s before they are born1. The data collected suggests that antenatal exposure to SHS impacts cardiovascular and respiratory function through childhood and may even have lifelong ramifications, even if the exposure is terminated shortly after birth. In our study, we sought to determine the impact of SHS exposure during development in the womb would have on 4 week-old mice, or the equivalent of an early adolescent human. We sought to look especially at deficits Cardiovascular and Respiratory function.

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