The Devastating Link Between Cigarettes And Infant Death

A recent study shows a direct link between smoking during pregnancy and the increased chance of the baby dying from SIDS.

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For decades,we have learned about the devastating side effects of smoking. Although, almost everybody knows what smoking does to their bodies, it is an incredibly addicted habit that is very difficult to stop. Women who are smoking before pregnancy sometimes smoke during pregnancy as well. Studies have shown that anywhere between 12-20% of pregnant women smoke throughout their pregnancy even though they know that it's harmful for them and their baby.

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Although many studies have showed the devastating effects that smoking has on mom and baby, scientists wanted to figure out just how much each cigarette can harm her baby. A recent study done at Seattle Children's Research Institute studied over 2 million children and their results showed that even after one cigarette the baby has an increased chance of suffering from infant death.

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It was proven that even one cigarette would double the chance of having a child die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Tatiana Anderson, one of the scientists working on the study, said that smoking during pregnancy has been shown to be responsible for 800 of the 3,700 SIDS cases in the United States every year. That means that smoking during pregnancy is responsibly for 22% of SIDS cases.

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Women who were smoking right before becoming pregnant still have an increased chance of having a child die from SIDS, but the risk decreases dramatically if they stop right when they find out they are pregnant. It is shown that the amount a woman smokes during pregnancy is directly related to the chances of having her child die from SIDS when they are born. The study states that if a woman who smoked 20 cigarettes per day in her first trimester of pregnancy and then reduced it to 10 cigarettes per day in the second, or third trimester had a reduced SIDS risk compared to a woman who averaged 13 cigarettes per day in each semester. Scientists are urging women to quit smoking, or to reduce the amount that they smoke in order to protect their babies from SIDS.

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