New research from Western shows exercise may help pregnant women quit smoking

New research from Western University shows that pregnant women wishing to quit smoking should exercise and just 15 to 20 minutes of walking is enough to stave off most tobacco cravings. According to recent statistics, 19 per cent of Canadian women between 20 to 24 years reported smoking during their most recent pregnancy. Pregnancy / […]

For Kids, Risks of Parental Smoking Persist Long-Term, Study Finds

Title: For Kids, Risks of Parental Smoking Persist Long-Term, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/19/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet Pregnancy General

Breast cancer gene and smoking is a ‘lethal mix’

"Smoking and the breast cancer risk gene BRCA2 combine to ‘enormously’ increase the chance of developing lung cancer," BBC News reports. The BRCA2 gene, which is known to increase breast cancer risk, appears to also up the risk of lung cancer in smokers. A new study analysed the genetic make-up of more than 10,000 people with lung […]

Genetics risk, prenatal smoking may predict behavioral problems

An interaction between prenatal smoking and genetic risk factors has been discovered by researchers, which increases aggressive behavior in children, especially in girls. “The interesting issue is that not all children exposed to prenatal smoking will have behavioral problems,” said the senior author on the study. “One possible explanation for this is that the effect […]

Decline in preterm births and asthma linked with smoking bans

During the last couple of decades, public smoking bans in the US and Europe have come into effect. Now, the first systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the effect of this smoke-free legislation on child health shows these bans have been followed by decreasing rates of preterm births and children attending the hospital for asthma. […]

Parental smoking ‘ages’ children’s arteries

“Passive smoking causes lasting damage to children’s arteries, prematurely ageing their blood vessels by more than three years,” BBC News reports. The news is based on emerging evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke damages children’s arteries. This news is concerning, as the thickening of blood vessel walls (atherosclerosis) is known to increase the risk of heart […]

A daughter’s risk of nicotine dependence increased by maternal stress hormones and maternal smoking

Tobacco smoking by pregnant women has long been viewed as a public health risk because of smoking’s adverse effects on the development of a fetus.Smoking during pregnancy is linked to numerous negative outcomes, including low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, and increased risk for attention deficit disorder, conduct disorder, and nicotine use in offspring. […]