Criminal Through Smoking During Pregnancy?


Criminal children from smoking during pregnancy?

16.11.2010
"Smoking makes your children criminal" could soon be a new warning on the cigarette boxes. American researchers at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts have found that smoking during pregnancy increases the criminal potential of children.

American scientists from Harvard University have checked the criminal record of around 4,000 people between the ages of 33 and 40, and at the same time checked their mothers' cigarette consumption. In doing so, they found that from one pack of cigarettes a day, the risk of a criminal career for unborn children increases by 30 percent.

Cigarette consumption among pregnant women increases the crime rate Earlier studies have scientifically proven a connection between tobacco consumption among mothers and psychologically conspicuous behavior among children. Children who passively inhale the smoke are therefore more often hyperactive, have difficulty concentrating and are more aggressive. Based on these findings, the researchers at Harvard University have recently investigated the effects of cigarette consumption by pregnant women on the unborn child. With an astonishing result: the risk that the unborn child will later become a criminal increases significantly with tobacco consumption by the pregnant woman. In pregnant women who smoke at least a pack of cigarettes a day, the risk of a criminal career for their children is increased by 30 percent, regardless of whether the descendants are female or male.

Passive smoking leads to psychologically conspicuous behavior When presenting their study results, the researchers emphasized that the connection between mother's cigarette consumption and child's criminal behavior persists even when other factors such as mental illness, mental stress, family problems or poverty , which can also have an impact on criminal development, have been excluded. The approaches of previous studies, which had already established a connection between passive smoking and psychologically conspicuous behavior of the children, have been confirmed in the current study. Bad news for children and adolescents, because while among them tobacco consumption has steadily declined, around a third of adults still smoke. With corresponding negative effects on the development of children, as is also proven by the current study from Harvard University. (fp)

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