Prenatal Smoking Is Not Good For Babies

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From Reuters
By Megan Rauscher

 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study using laboratory rats provides strong evidence that smoking during pregnancy can have lasting harmful effects on the developing heart.

Scientists from the Center for Perinatal Biology, Loma Linda University, California found that adult offspring of laboratory rats who were exposed to nicotine prenatally showed clear signs of heart dysfunction.

"Our study shows that prenatal...nicotine has significant impact on cardiac function of adult offspring," Dr. Lubo Zhang told Reuters Health.

Tango’s Take
Let’s face it, tobacco companies have had a tough couple of decades. They defended themselves when the first case came out stating that cigarette smoking could lower birth weight by saying that some women prefer small babies. What would be the reaction if someone said that now? Would North Carolina be asked to leave the US? What more evidence is required for people to realize that smoking is not healthy? Sure a couple of puffs after a roll in the hay or during a night out drinking may not hurt anyone, but in general it’s not a great habit. It would be difficult for even Nick Naylor to put a positive spin heart defects.

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