Another reason to kick smoking in the butt.


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Well, for all you smokers and prospective smokers, if you weren't discouraged by finding out it can kill you 10 years earlier then a non-smoker here is another reason that will hopefully do the trick, especially for any of you girls that plan on having kids! 

Recently, a population-based study was conducted by Amy Kalkbrenner, an assistant professor at Wisconsin University, to determine if smoking increased the chances of a child having autism. Kalkbrenner observed over 600,000 children among 11 different states to determine if there was any truth to her theory. Her study was difficult to accomplish since
 autism is such a complex disorder and many children fail to be identified as autistic until later in life if they are low on the autism spectrum. Despite her difficulties she came to a 
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conclusion that fully supported her theory. She found a strong correlation between mother's that smoked during their pregnancy and children that have autism.  Of course, for ethical reasons, this can not be stated as a complete definite causation because the experiments needed to be conducted would put human beings in harm's way. 





It comes to a shock to me why anyone would decide to smoke. What more proof do you need? And now, it is not just yourself that you may be harming, but if you continue, your unborn child may be at risk as well someday. If for some reason the contents of this article did not fully convince you that smoking is harmful try this one.

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Autism is just one of the many complications that could come as a result of smoking during pregnancy. According to "March of Dimes" a website dedicated to helping with babies, smoking during pregnancy can cause still births and premature births. In addition there a bunch of other possible issues which you can take a look at http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/alcohol_smoking.html. Second hand smoke has also been linked with you young children to SIDS and respiratory issues. Essentially if you can not kick the habit I would suggest getting a dog. What do you think?

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