The three-year study examined the effect that three chemicals found in cigarettes had on ovarian development and egg fertilization.
It found females who were exposed to the toxins through cigarette smoke during the early stages of life could experience a reduction in the quality and number of their eggs, Professor Eileen McLaughlin from the University of Newcastle said.
"We believe that exposure to these toxins as a foetus dramatically reduces egg quality and quantity before birth and that this reduced fertility may be passed on to the next generation," Prof McLaughlin said today.
"It means that if your grandmother smoked - either while pregnant with your mother or near her when she was a baby - you and possibly your children may be at risk of reduced fertility."
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