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Mother’s Who Smoke Subject Babies to Higher Systolic Blood Pressure

There was a study that took place in the Netherlands.

This study was of 456 infants.

It showed that, by age 2 months, babies born to mothers who smoked had higher systolic blood pressures as compared to those whose mothers didn’t smoke.

Those babies of non-smokers weren’t exposed to smoke during pregnancy.

Picture of Baby Our findings indicate maternal smoking during pregnancy has a direct substantial impact on systolic blood pressure in early infancy.

This is yet another reason for women not to smoke during pregnancy, said Caroline C. Geerts, lead author of the study and a doctoral student at Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care at the University Medical Center Utrecht in The Netherlands.

“This association appears to occur in utero and doesn’t appear to be due to the postnatal environment of the infant.”

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~American Heart Assoc. Journal Report 7/30/2007

Strong Link Seen in Smoking, Age-Related Blindness

People who smoke are about four times more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of severe vision loss, Australian researchers reported.

Researchers followed for 10 years 2,454 Australians who were at least age 49 at the study’s outset.

Along with being more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, smokers developed the disease an average of 5 years earlier than non-smokers, according to the study.

The results confirm those of other studies that also found a link between smoking and an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration. Previous smokers were three times as likely to have an advanced form of the disease than people who never smoked, the study also found.

EyesThe researchers asked the study participants about past and current smoking and their diet, and took retinal photos as well as weight and blood-pressure measurements.

Experts consider cigarette smoking the most preventable cause of macular degeneration. It is a chronic disease that affects the central part of the retina of the eye, resulting in blurred central vision or a blind spot in the center of one’s visual field.

Macular degeneration does not affect peripheral vision, but the loss of clear central vision can rob a person of the ability to read, drive and recognize people’s faces even without causing total blindness.

Source: reuters

The Harmful Effects of Smoking on Different Parts of the Body

Cigarette smoking is always unsafe.

Men who smoke 20 cigarette per day take twice as many days off work each year than nonsmokers.

Of men now age 35, the proportion that will die before reaching retiring age is 40% for heavy smokers, but only 18% for non-smokers.

Smoking causes more than 400, 000 deaths a year in America all alone. Below in this article we will tell you the parts of the body affected by smoking.

Women are at an additional risk, as their unborn babies can be damaged by smoking. Smoking also increases the risk of cervical cancer.

Picture of Smoker

Mouth and throat: Tobacco smoke can cause gum disease and tooth decay. The teeth become yellow or black.

Esophagus: The tars in smoke can trigger cancer.

Brain: Headaches are common. Lack of oxygen and narrowing of blood-vessels can lead to strokes.

Bronchi: Smoke contains hydrogen cyanide and other chemicals, which attack the lining of the bronchi, inflaming them and increasing susceptibility to bronchitis.

Lungs: People who inhale smoke are ten times more likely to get lung cancer than non-smokers. Mucus secretion is increased, causing chronic catarrh and smoker’s cough.

Circulation: Nicotine raises blood-pressure. Carbon monoxide leads to development of cholesterol deposits in artery walls, causing heart attacks and strokes. Loss of circulation in limbs can cause amputation.

Heart: Nicotine in cigarette smoke makes the heart beat faster and so it works hard. Blood clot more easily, increasing the risk of heart attack. Carbon monoxide robs the blood of oxygen, again increasing the risk of heart attack.

Intestine: Smoking can cause diarrhea and ulcers also.

Stomach: Increased acid secretion can lead to ulcers.

Bladder: Excreted carcinogens can cause cancer.

Source: Health Section, Khalsa News Network