Un­born need you to butt out

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

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.

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