Unborn need you to butt out
FOR many smokers tobacco is a habit more addictive than heroin, and certainly just as hard to kick.
Even if you are going to put your own health and life expectancy at risk – and spend what are now not inconsiderable sums of money to do it – there is zero reason to also endanger the lives of others.
Yet this is exactly what one in every eight (or 12.4 per cent) mothers-to-be in Queensland do while pregnant. This is an era where the harm that smoking can inflict on an unborn baby is well known: mothers who ignore the warnings increase the risk of stillbirth, low weight and premature babies, and render their children more susceptible to diabetes and obesity in future years.
The situation is worse the further you get from our urban centres, with smoking rates among pregnant women as high as 40 per cent in parts of north Queensland.
The bottom line is that it requires real resolve and willpower on the part of mothers-to-be, and support in kicking the habit. Giving up smoking is a decision you will never regret, and one your children will thank you for.