Nicotine & Unborn Babies

BABIES whose mothers smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day in pregnancy are more likely to become crooks, a study shows.

Experts quizzed 3,700 mums and then checked their sons’ and daughters’ criminal record at least 33 years later.

They found those whose mothers had smoked heavily were nearly a THIRD more likely to have been arrested – and were more likely to be repeat offenders. That was regardless of their sex and whether they were from a deprived background or had a mom with emotional problems.

The researchers – from America’s Harvard School of Public Health – pointed to evidence that nicotine has a biological impact on babies’ brains.

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