In an article published on February 10, 2016 by the news provider Environmental Health News (EHN), journalist Lynne Peeples reports on a video discussing preterm birth and exposure to environmental toxins. The video was produced by Bruce Lanphear, professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences of Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. Exposure to environmental toxins from e.g. tobacco smoke, air pollution, and food contaminants are risk factors effectuating preterm birth, Lanphear states. He emphasizes that “while a single toxin may shorten pregnancy by only three to seven days, the cumulative impact of exposure to many toxins can be substantial.” Lanphear thus recommends ways to reduce and avoid exposure to toxins and concludes with the take home message “little things add up, little things matter.”

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Lynne Peeples (February 10, 2016). “Video: “Insidious, invisible” impacts on baby health.Environmental Health News


Bruce Lanphear (February 2016). “Little things matter: The impact of toxins on preterm birth.Vimeo