According to a recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, more than one in five pregnant white women smoke cigarettes. That’s significantly higher than the cigarette use of their counterparts. The same reports also shows that hispanic women were much less likely to use alcohol or smoke with they were pregnant than their peers. Ream more »
It’s a statistic that will shock you, and Wisconsin holds the title. More women in Wisconsin drink and smoke while pregnant than in any other state, and the problem is the worst in the southeast corner of the state.
The consequences of smoking and drinking while pregnant can be deadly. Now, a program called First Breath is hoping it can help tackle the problem. So far, first breath has worked with 11 thousand women and has help four thousand of them quit smoking. Ream more »
Carried out by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, it uses data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, which has tracked more than 10,000 children since 2004.
The institute’s LSAC manager, Ben Edwards, said alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking were related to the age of the mother and women were not heeding health warnings.
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In the continued effort to reduce infant mortality in Baltimore, health officials and the Family League of Baltimore City have launched an effort to reduce secondhand smoke near babies and pregnant women.
The campaign, called “Just Hold Off,” is the second phase of the B’more for Healthy Babies program. The first phase, launched in August 2010, focused on safe sleep: Babies should sleep alone, on their backs in a crib.
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Among initially healthy women, smoking for even a short time is a potent risk factor for symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to the results of a prospective cohort study reported in the June 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
“This study showed that—as has been previously shown for heart attacks and for lung cancer—that smoking is actually very harmful for the development of PAD,” said senior author Aruna D. Pradhan, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, in a news release. Ream more »
The ban highlights the serious problem of second hand smoking. It’s a issue that is particularly affecting young women.
Are you OK with people smoking around you?
“No, but my husband is really addicted to smoking, so what can I do?”
“Absolutely not! I will stop them if I see somebody smoking while I am waiting for the bus.”
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Women who smoke during pregnancy run the risk of adversely affecting their children’s coordination and physical control according to a new study from -rebro University, Sweden, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
- Moreover, we discovered that boys’ abilities may be affected to a greater extent than those of girls, says Professor Scott Montgomery at -rebro University. Ream more »
While global statistics show the habitis picking up among women, there is no comprehensive data on women smokers in Malaysia.
“But we found out through studies conducted by universities that younger girls in the cities are more prone to pick up smoking.”
Hatijah also says women smokers face more repercussions as a result of their smoking habit, regardless of their age.
“If a girl picks up smoking in school, she would most probably not be a high achiever.
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