It is no doubt cigarette smoking is the cause of lung cancer. The more a person smokes the higher the chances of contracting this disease. It is not only limited to active smokers but also passive smokers or non-smokers. This results from inhaling smoke from an active smoker.
Pregnant women are at a higher risk of being affected negatively including the baby they carrying in their wombs. Studies have shown smoking and inhaling smoke from an active smoker will pose healthy risks especially to the unborn baby. The mother and to-be-born baby will be affected negatively before, during and after the baby has been born.
The nicotine found in the cigarette which is an addictive substance is passed to the baby through the mother’s bloodstream. It is not only nicotine that is carried through bloodstreams but numerous poisons found in the cigarette.
Chemical Substances found in Cigarette Smoke
Studies on cigarette show cigarette smoke contains more than four thousands chemicals. Some studies suggest over seven thousands chemicals but the fact is all these chemicals contain harmful chemicals even if they were to number fifty. Out of these four or seven thousand chemicals, sixty-nine have been to cause cancer.
As stated by Oxygen, “When you smoke a cigarette, you breathe in some of the following:
Tar, a black, sticky substance that contains many poisonous chemicals such as: ammonia (found in floor and window cleaner), toluene (found in industrial solvents) and acetone (found in paint stripper and nail polish remover).
…. Carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas that reduces the amount of oxygen taken up by a person’s red blood cells.
Hydrogen cynanide, the poison used in gas chambers during World War II
Metals, including lead, nickel, arsenic (white ant poison) and cadmium (used in car batteries)…”
Healthy Risks of Smoking to Pregnant Women and Unborn Babies
“A baby in the womb gets everything from its mother. Nutrients and oxygen come via the placenta and umbilical cord. Smoking not only exposes the foetus to toxins in tobacco smoke, but it also damages placenta...