By now, everybody knows a smoker puts their own health at risk. But the Surgeon General warns there are more than 250 chemicals known to be toxic or cancer causing in cigarettes and in second-hand smoke as well. Some of the toxins include formaldehyde, arsenic, ammonia, and hydrogen-cyanide just to name a few.
If your New Year's resolution includes a desire to quit smoking, there are some more reasons to encourage you to quit the habit.
Pediatrician Dr. Adaobi Kanu joined us on HealthWise at 5 Tuesday to say quitting would not only be a good thing to do for yourself, but it could make a big difference in the lives of the children in your family.
Dr. Kanu says, "These children have an increased risk of developing bronchitis and wheezing in early infancy and childhood, and we also know that they have increased risk of developing asthma later in life. Interestingly, there has been a study showing that nicotine exposure can cause behavioral problems in children."
Dr. Kanu adds it's especially important for the mother-to-be to avoid smoking and being around second hand smoke because it can be harmful to the baby, and it can trigger an early delivery.