Women Smokers' Risk Double
Female smokers face twice the risk of
getting lung cancer as men who smoke. It was found that women had
twice the risk of developing lung cancer as men, independent of how much
they smoked, their age, or the size and textures of nodules found in
their lungs. The risk for lung cancer also rises with the quantity
of tobacco smoked and as the smoker ages. Radiological
Society of North America, AGD Impact pg 7 2/04
pregnant and when the child is
young can increase his risk for many health problems and for cavities.
Burden of Smoking on the Unborn Baby
dramatically increases heartbeat and blood pressure of the pregnant
women which in turn negatively impact her and the health of her
baby. Even more dangerous is the crossover of the poisons from
inhaled cigarette smoke to the placenta. Carbon monoxide,
arsenic and tar are deadly poisons that reach the developing fetus.
Smoking While Pregnant Can Cause Cleft
Women who smoke while
pregnant are 50 percent to 70 percent more likely than nonsmokers to give birth
to a baby with a cleft lip or palate, according to study results from
researchers at the University of Michigan Health System.
The risk of the
disfiguring facial birth defect rises with the number of cigarettes that a
mother-to-be smokes each day. Not only can smoking cause
prematurity and low birth weight, it now believed it can cause this devastating
problem as well
There are all sorts of
reasons not to smoke anyway and this just adds another very important one in the
prenatal and newborn care of the child. Cleft lip and palate make a huge
difference in a child's life, and anything that can be done to reduce the risk
is well worth it.
They found that overall,
any cigarette use during pregnancy raised the risk of cleft lip or palate 55
percent. Mothers-to-be who smoked half a pack of cigarettes or less a day had a
50 percent higher risk, while those who smoked more than a pack a day had a 78
percent higher risk.
After correcting for all these
factors, the researchers still found that smokers were 30 percent more likely to
have a child with the birth defect, and that the rate was still highest among
those who smoked the most cigarettes.^
Smoking While Pregnant Exposes Your Baby to
Analysis of the first
urine from newborns shows that mothers who smoke during pregnancy expose their
unborn child to a known carcinogen, researchers report in the Journal of the
National Cancer Institute.
The Newborns of mothers
who smoked contained two metabolites, or products, of a carcinogen called NNK,
which is found only in tobacco
The team also found cotinine
— a marker for nicotine absorption — in 90 percent of the urine samples
taken from newborns of smoking mothers.#
** Tobacco's Toll on Nebraska, Smokeless
Nebraska Coalition. Nebraska Dental Association Newsletter. February
2002 pg 13.
^University of Michigan press release,
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