Heavy Smoking During Pregnancy Linked To Kids Becoming Repeat Criminals

Wed, November 17, 2010 9:00am EDT by 14 Comments


Here’s another reason to kick cigarettes to the curb. Scientists have discovered that children whose mothers smoked heavily during pregnancy were the most likely to have a criminal record as an adult. The chance of being arrested was actually 30 percent higher for them than for kids with nonsmoking moms!

Anyone who’s every seen a pack of cigarettes knows that the Surgeon General warns that smoking while pregnant is extremely harmful to a fetus. Now a new study done as part of the Collaborative Perinatal Project shows that people whose mothers smoked 20 or more cigarettes a day were 30 percent more likely to have a criminal record as adults, regardless of whether they’re male or female. And even worse, they were extremely likely to be repeat offenders!

The scientists used data on 3766 adults, aged 33 to 40 years. Their mothers were involved in the study between 1959 and 1966 and when all children from these pregnancies reached the age of 33 years, in 1999/2000, their criminal records were verified.

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What is it about the cigs that causes criminal tendencies? The scientists discovered that nicotine (the addictive drug in cigarettes) has an adverse affect on the neurological behavior of babies’ developing brains. Early studies revealed a link between pregnant woman being exposed to cigarette smoke and their offspring having impulsive tendencies as well as poor attention span and hyperactivity.

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If you’re a smoker, HollyMoms, I hope this new information gives you the push you need to toss your pack in the trash. I quit my pack-a-day habit cold turkey two years ago. It wasn’t easy, but after reading this, I know it was the best thing I could have ever done.

–Amy L. Harper

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bangee

Posted at 5:47 PM on November 23, 2010  

Wow. That is a sexy picture. Pregnant women are hot!

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irwon

Posted at 10:20 AM on November 18, 2010  

thats a retarded study what a bunch of bullsh*t

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Dumbo

Posted at 11:36 AM on November 18, 2010  

People that smoke have weak minds! Ergo their kids cant learn properly !

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jray

Posted at 10:05 AM on November 18, 2010  

More anti cigarette propaganda so the liberals can get the government to completely ban cigarettes and further control our lives. Next stop fatty foods and energy drinks.

Big Brother wants you to be healthy in exchange for your freedom.

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jojo

Posted at 10:05 AM on November 18, 2010  

Yeah, this article doesn’t mean anything. Maybe in today’s world knowing how bad smoking is, any mom who dares still smoke has the same values when raising their child into being a irresponsible adult. THAT i believe. However when I was born EVERYBODY smoked when they were pregnant. AND they smoked NON STOP. I reaked of smoke when I was in elementary school. If this article were true, that would mean almost everybody today would be a criminal. This article sucks.

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bele

Posted at 9:40 AM on November 18, 2010  

what of heavy sex during pregnancy?

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Guest

Posted at 9:16 AM on November 18, 2010  

I am more inclined to believe that women who smoke heavily during pregnancy are more likely to be bad and/or neglectful mothers who end up raising their kids in a fashion that leads them to be criminals.

I don’t doubt that smoking during pregnancy can be bad for the kids and might change some predispositions by changing their initial brain chemistry and introducing some possible damage, but don’t discount the effect of bad parenting.

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None

Posted at 9:14 AM on November 18, 2010  

Drinking Milk Makes You A Serial Killer.
This just in, 100% of killers admitted they drank milk as children. The evidence is overwhelming.

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The Jokers Brother

Posted at 10:41 AM on November 18, 2010  

Very good point!

I couldn’t agree more!

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jray

Posted at 8:25 AM on November 18, 2010  

Correlation does not equal Causation.

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Luke

Posted at 4:07 AM on November 18, 2010  

I think thats complete BS. I would say its more about how you bring up your child. I personally think it could be down to the change in schools and how children are handled in todays world.

Bring back the cane!

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Ellen

Posted at 9:11 AM on November 18, 2010  

I have to agree. I don’t even smoke and this is the silliest crap I’ve ever heard! So what’s next? they gonna try and convice us that smokers are the reason we can’t achieve world peace? What a load of garbage.

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Tong Teets

Posted at 12:42 AM on November 18, 2010  

LOL, you have GOT to be kidding me LOL

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Anamae

Posted at 12:07 AM on November 30, 2010  

Oh, oh, also, the CDC published a study earlier this summer that followed over 930 men from the age of 4 to the age of 77 — all whom smoked — and researchers noted that at the age of 77, most of the men showed signs of memory loss and loss in fine motor function, which they opined is clearly attributable to cigarette smoking.

And not, you know, being 77 years of age.

Correlation doesn’t mean causation, you know.

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