Although there is widespread consensus that maternal smoking during pregnancy has adverse, long-term effects on neurobehavioral development in the offspring, it has been surprisingly difficult to prove that there are specific behavioral problems that can be incontrovertibly attributed to prenatal tobacco smoke exposure. It is now 16 years since a relationship was first postulated between maternal smoking and conduct disorder in the offspring, and in the intervening years, there have been numerous studies in support of a causal relationship, as well as studies claiming that other confounds obscure any role of tobacco. The article by Gaysina et al resolves this issue once and for all by examining the connection in 3 distinct, longitudinally followed up cohorts, incorporating not only the standard battery of covariables in such studies, but also involving genetically related and unrelated families with children raised by biological or adoptive parents
Importance Advancing paternal age has been linked to autism. Objective To further expand knowledge about the association between paternal age and autism by studying the effect of grandfathers’ age on childhood autism. Design Population-based, multigenerational, case-control study.