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Women and Smoking II

Did you make it through yesterday's Great American smoke-out without a cigarette?  If you did, hang in there and keep on going--abstaining for the first day is the toughest, and each day it will get easier. 

Today we'll give you some additional facts about women and smoking to keep you motivated in your quest to overcome your addiction to nicotine:

  • Women who smoke during pregnancy have babies that weigh, on average, 7 ounces less than babies of nonsmoking mothers.  These babies show nicotine levels in their blood equal to adult levels. . And they go through nicotine withdrawal in their first days of life.

  • Mothers who smoke have children with significantly higher rates of ear infections, even when the mothers report that they "never" smoke in front of the child.

  • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) occurs more often in babies of smoking moms.

  • Women who smoke are twice as likely to lose their vision, even after they quit.

  • Women who smoke are 4 times as likely to have serious side effects from birth control pills.

Does this mean that women who smoke shouldn't take birth control pills?  No--it means that women who smoke should stop.

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Created: 11/17/2000  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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