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Smoking during pregnancy increases risk of health problems for developing babies

Did you know? According to recent research, regular exposure to secondhand smoke can increase a person's risk of heart disease by two times. Anyone who has been in the house of a smoker can understand the lingering smoke oduor that permeates fabrics and hangs on walls, floors, curtains, furniture etc. This residue contains tars and remnants of smoked tobacco that are dangerous. When this materials floats in higher concentrations many of the same deetrimental effects experienced by the active smoker.

To pregnant women

Smoking during pregnancy is a problem of particular importance because of the harm that maternal smoking causes to the unborn child. It robs the unborn infant of the oxygen and food that is so important for his or her healthy growth.

Here are some facts:

1. The children of mothers who smoke during pregnancy are at an increased risk of neonatal mortality or sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

2. The babies are often smaller than normal. High risk of dying soon after birth.

3. More stillbirth, miscarriages and premature deliveries.

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