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Tobacco And Kids

In National News on March 2, 2009 at 9:13 am

We all know that smoking during pregnancy can cause great harm to the baby before he or she is born. But did you know that smoking during pregnancy can also cause problems for the child after birth?

A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that babies whose mothers smoked during pregnancy showed greater need for handling and worse self-regulation than babies whose mothers did not smoke. They also showed greater excitability and arousal. Researchers believed this was evidence that smoking during pregnancy causes children’s behavioral problems to intensify later in childhood.

Another study found that teenagers who don’t take the risks of smoking seriously are more likely to start smoking than teens who do. These findings suggest that smoking initiation is directly related to perceptions of risks and benefits. So it’s very important to teach teens the immediate dangers of tobacco use and impress on them the seriousness of these effects. Characters who smoke in movies have an impact on how teens perceive smoking, making it seem more attractive, so we need to talk to our teens about how the tobacco industry manipulates Hollywood.

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