THE EFFECTS OF
By: Jennifer Matos
Smokers are all around us, it is the deadly
bad habit people can't seem to share off.
Nicotine affects one health and whoever is
around us, but especially unborn children.
Many don't know the consequences smoking
can bring to babies in the whom.
•Lead and cyanide (2 of many components in nicotine) account for almost every nicotine
related complication in a pregnancy.
•The international Child Care Practices study concluded in a survey or 21 centers in 17
countries determine that 22% of mothers and 45% of fathers where smoking at the time
of pregnancy and birth. In the U.S. Alone 21.6% of males smoke and 16.5% of females
smoke, this makes 43.8 million Americans Smoke.
A large number of studies show that smoking during pregnancy affects
the pre-natal growth and increases the risk of fetal mortality, morbidity
and cognitive development. This also affects the behavior in children and
When a woman smokes during pregnancy the toxins in nicotine enters the
blood stream and the blood stream is the fetus's only source of oxygen and
Smoking increases the baby's heart rate and increases the chances of
miscarriage and stillbirths
Nicotine also increases the risk of premature labor and low birth weight.
Smoking increases the baby's risk of developing repertory and lung
•The smoke that comes out of the end of a cigarette contains more
harmful substances that the smoke being inhaled by the smoker.
•A pregnant woman that is regularly exposed to second hand smoke have
increased the risk of her fetus developing lung cancers, heart disease,
emphysema, allergies, asthma and many more.