Thursday, July 31, 2008

STOP SMOKING FOR YOUR KIDS’ sake


From TODAY, Voices
Thursday July 31, 2008

By Dr Bill Maier

Still looking for a reason to quit smoking?

Well, here’s a good one – your kids!

We’ve known for years how bad cigarette smoke is for health, yet in spite of all the warnings, many parents still smoke. And they’re doing it around their kids.

Studies have shown that even second hand smoke can cause health problems, including lung cancer. And that’s not all: A recent study of over 4,000 kids showed that cigarette smoke actually lowered their IQ. Even small amounts of residual smoke can reduce thinking skills and hinder language and speaking ability.

Babies are the most vulnerable. Their brains develop during the early years and second hand smoke can do permanent harm.

If you’re still hanging on to an unhealthy habit, do yourself and your family a big favour: Kick the cigarette habit now, before it’s too late.
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