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Pregnant smokers be warned; research suggests you might have to visit your bundle of joy in lock-up one day. That's right -- the latest I-can't-believe-they-researched-that study concluded that women who smoke heavily during pregnancy have a 30 percent greater risk of having kids who grow up to be criminals.
There's no doubt that smoking during pregnancy is risky business. It's been linked to low birth weight and delayed lung development as well as an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, learning disorders, asthma and even a lower IQ. But can smoking during pregnancy really be linked to a life of crime?
The study, published by the Harvard School of Public Health, started back in the '60s and followed 4,000 pregnancies/births through adulthood. Even taking education and social factors into consideration, maternal smoking still seemed to increase the risk of having kids who grow up to be criminals.
Personally, I think there are a lot of dots that have to connect before kids grow up to be anything -- be it a criminal or the president of the United States. But, like drinking, smoking during pregnancy can be avoided -- and I, for one, think any risk that can be avoided should be.
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