Smoking Parents Hurt Kids' Hearts

Smoking is bad. Don’t do it. And here’s more reason not to smoke. Scientists claim parents who smoke can cause vascular damage in their children.

The study appears in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. HealthDay News reports:

The inner lining of the carotid arteries was thicker for the young adults who had both parents smoking during pregnancy, a sign of potential danger in the years ahead. The thickening was strongest for maternal smoking.

"We believe that our findings with regard to fetal exposure may serve as a first signal which will have to be confirmed by other research in this area," Dr. Cuno S.P.M. Uiterwaal, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology at the University Medical Center in Utrecht said.

Who would smoke around a kid! In fact, Ontario is so against it, they’ve proposed fining drivers who smoke in their cars when children are present.

And if California quits smoking they can save $86 Billion! Smoking ups heart disease risk too.
 

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Monty - November 24, 2008 12:05 PM

Besides vascular damage, parents who smoke (or booze) are more apt to abuse their children because of the damage to their brains resulting from smoking or boozing.

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