About 1,500 infants die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in the United States each year and secondhand smoking increases a baby's risk of death from SIDS.
The decision to quit smoking is among the top 10 most common New Year's Resolutions. If you're a parent and this is one of your resolutions, here are a few good reasons why you should stick with it!
- According to the CDC, over 2 million non-smokers have died from health problems caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Secondhand smoke has more than 7,000 chemicals including 70 that are known to cause cancer
- Smoking while pregnant is linked to miscarriage, premature births and ADHD in children
- Perhaps the most alarming consequence of all: secondhand smoke increases the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It is the sudden, unexplained death of a child less than one year old, usually during sleep.
SIDS is the leading cause of death in the United States for babies between one month and one year old. One of the risk factors of SIDS is preterm birth or very low birth weight - both can be caused by smoking while pregnant.
Let the health of your babies be all the motivation you need to kick the habit and then reap the rewards of a healthier lifestyle in the years to come!
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