A study published by the journal Cancer Research has found that parents who smoke around their infants and even parents who quit smoking before conception increase their children’s risk of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL. ALL is the most common form of cancer in children. Luckily, a child’s chance of dying from ALL are very slim, but cancer is something that no parent or child should ever have to go through.
Smoking can affect a person’s body all the way down to their sex cells. Smoking has been found to harm sperm’s DNA and can even render a man infertile. Smoking can also damage the DNA of a woman’s eggs and deadly combination of both parents smoking can then damage their future child’s DNA, making their child more likely to develop cancer . Children of smokers are also at a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, birth defects, low birth weight, and premature birth.
Regardless of whether a woman is pregnant, past pregnancy, or the parents are just thinking about quitting- there is never a bad time to quit. Indiana Tobacco Quitline Quit Coaches are available to help smokers quit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give them a call today at 1(800)QUIT-NOW.