The short-term risks of smoking during pregnancy have long been recognized. Boston researchers found negative impacts last well into the child’s future life. When the mother smoked as few as 10 cigarettes per day during pregnancy, the child suffered organizational, attention span, and time management skill deficits—along with a decreased ability to self-manage their behaviors as a teen.

LifeTip: Encourage every woman smoker you know of child-bearing age to stop smoking before they become pregnant. Watch “Overcome Addictions Naturally” with Dr. David DeRose for more recommendations.

Adapted from PositiveChoices.com

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