While Carrie Bickmore is shutting down Steve Price about his breastfeeding comment, social media has been blowing up about a woman’s right to breastfeed whenever and wherever she wants. And while most of the population are supportive about women breastfeeding in public, there are still those that hate on the natural process.
I would like to call all those who get so distressed about breastfeeding to jump on a new cause. The other day, I witnessed a woman, easily her third trimester, smoking. I was shocked. Knowing that there is so much research and support to show the problems that smoking during pregnancy causes, and rarely seeing women publicly smoke while pregnant, I was in disbelief.
Smoking during pregnancy is the number one cause of adverse effects on children’s health. Being born premature, being born too small and death before birth can all be avoided if a woman was to stop smoking during her pregnancy.
And I wasn’t the only one who noticed. Through the glass windows of our office, three other women saw the puffs of smoke escape the woman’s mouth as she talked on her mobile phone, causing a discussion about neglect for the unborn child that is trying to grow in her uterus.
Many have forgotten about smoking during pregnancy, purely because it’s not something the media reports on at the present moment, but it is still occurring, putting many more babies at risk of developing a debilitating disease. While babies who have suffered from cigarette exposure can suffer from problems at birth and infant death, the smoking also affects them later in life with children having a higher risk of asthma or decreased lung function, an increased risk of childhood obesity and an increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure in adulthood.
A decision of a woman to smoke during her pregnancy will cause health effects on her child for life. It has even been suggested as child abuse or neglect due to the fact that smoking harms an unborn child who has no say or rights.
In such a modern and sophisticated world with ample access to research and technology, I wouldn’t think we would be having this conversation, but as people forget what isn’t being publicised in the media everyday, we need to remember that smoking during pregnancy is very harmful.
If you need help quitting, you should see your doctor.
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You still see them every time you go into town for a night out. It happens around every 45 minutes or so, a small group will collect their coats, step outside and huddle together in the cold.
These people are, of course, smokers and – although national statistics say that the amount of people smoking in the UK has fallen to its lowest number since records began – they’re still a fairly common sight.
It’s National No Smoking Day today and this year, there is a secret weapon available for those who want to kick the habit. They look like cigarettes, act like cigarettes, but with one significant difference… they’re smoke free.
E-cigarettes are at peak popularity at the moment. According to a new report, sales of electronic cigarettes – or “vapourisers” – rose by 49.5 per cent in 2014, with an estimated 17.3 million devices sold in the UK alone.
What’s so strange about e-cigarettes, is the fact that the general public know very little about how they actually work. In conversation, they’re simply explained as cigarettes that expel vapour instead of smoke… but that actually raises more questions than it answers!
How do they do this? And more importantly can they help people stop smoking?
To help try and raise the veil surrounding e-cigs, we used some information provided to us by Phoenix eLiquid to answer a few of the burning questions surrounding the topic:
How do they work?
A heating element at one end aerosolises a liquid nicotine solution, and the vapour is inhaled through a mouthpiece
Can they help people stop smoking?
A study of over nearly 6,000 smokers conducted by UCL, principally funded by Cancer Research UK, claims people attempting to quit without professional help are 60% more like likely to succeed using e-cigarettes.
What makes up an e-cig?
A standard e-cigarette consists of four main parts:
Would you consider the use of an e-cigarette to quit smoking?