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Animal Study Shows Harmful Effects of Secondhand Smoke Even Before Pregnancy

If you’re looking to become pregnant, you’d best avoid second-hand smoke exposure, as studies now show that negative effects on your baby’s brain development can occur even before conception, according to Science Daily. The study in rats showed that chemical components of tobacco smoke might change the mothers’ metabolism or hormonal status, causing an epigenetic alteration in their eggs.

Nearly 40 million U.S. adults still smoke cigarettes, making it the leading cause of preventable death, accounting for 1 out of every 5 deaths in the U.S. It’s only been a few months since another study came out, showing the ill-effects of smoking even years after you’ve quit, with the shocking news that smoking damages your DNA for decades.

From a child’s standpoint, we also know that children exposed to prenatal or postnatal smoke have a greater risk of obesity and related chronic health conditions in adulthood. For that reason, many are choosing to quit their smoking habits. To help with that, some are opting for e-cigarettes.

However, e-cigarettes are not the healthier choice you may believe. Since e-cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine as the “help” in quitting regular cigarettes, you really are only trading one delivery mode for another. E-cigarettes also contain artificial flavors that contain chemicals with known negative effects on your health.

It can be very difficult to stop smoking, and that is why I recommend that you deal with your psychological and health needs, first. Adopt a healthy eating plan and a well-rounded exercise program, and find a healthy emotional outlet to help with cravings, such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and you’ll find that addressing your addiction will be easier.
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