Make smoking whilst pregnant illegal
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As a mother myself, I find it puzzling why anyone would want to harm their child. Yet many people think it's okay to smoke whilst pregnant or still smoke around pregnant mothers and children. In 2015, Thanks to the Children and Families Act the government made it an offence to smoke in any private vehicle with anyone under 18 present. However, it's still legal to smoke whilst pregnant with an unborn child who has no choice but to inhale the smoke and poison. The exposure to these poisons can last up to 15 minutes at a time. It's like putting your baby in a smoke-filled room for 15 minutes.
When you smoke you breathe in more than 4,000 chemicals from the cigarette. The smoke goes from your lungs into your bloodstream. That blood flows to your placenta and umbilical cord, right into your baby's tiny body. This causes your baby to struggle for oxygen.
One of the chemicals found in cigarettes is carbon monoxide, a dangerous chemical that gets into your bloodstream. This restricts the supply of oxygen that's essential for your baby's healthy growth and development. This causes your baby's tiny heart to pump even harder. If you smoke throughout your pregnancy, your baby will go through nicotine withdrawal once it is born. Smoking while you are pregnant also increases the risk of your baby dying from cot death by at least 25%.
I simply think that it should be made illegal to smoke whilst pregnant or if you smoke in a certain proximity to a pregnant woman.
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