Thursday, September 21, 2006

"Tobacco smoke, lead tied to ADHD cases"


This headline topped an article in our morning paper, from the Los Angeles Times.

"One-third of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder cases are linked to prenatal exposures to cigarette smoke or childhood exposures to lead, researchers reported Monday.

The study, lead by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, was the first to estimate the number of ADHD cases tied to environmental toxins.

The report 'provides further evidence that we need to find ways to dramatically reduce prenatal tobacco smoke exposures and childhood lead exposures,' said lead author Dr. Bruce Lamphear".




Don't smoke, especially if you are pregnant, and don't go places where you can't escape other people's smoke.

15 comments:

carli said...

Yet another reason I'm glad I never learned how to inhale! Good advice.

srp said...

If what smoking doesn't do to the smoker's lungs isn't enough reason to quit; what it does to your loved ones and children should be.

Fran said...

I was never a smoker, but my former husband was. With all my late in life respiratory problems, I BOLT when I even get near smoke. It literally makes me gag. I didn't even see this in the L.A. Times--but you are in North Carolina, aren't you?

mar said...

Smokers annoy me because I am an ex-smoker. What annoys me the most is to see young pregnant women smoking...I guess this topic cannot be stressed enough. Well said, kenju!

PI said...

Even in the fifties some instinct made me give up smoking when i was preggers.

Dave said...

Good advice, here from Michele's.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

yet another reason to thank God I was finally able to KICK THE HABIT!

Greg Finnegan said...

True. I'm glad I quit smoking and drinking all of those years ago.

Funny that we had no ADHD before, say, 1960. Attention deficit, reported by the principal on the phone, was very easily handled by my mother in the 1950's: "JUST WAIT UNTIL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME!"

His cure for hyperactivity was also simple: "SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!"

Duke_of_Earle said...

Good advice for those with the vice!

Glad to be back, btw. I've just browsed your past two weeks of posts and realized again why I miss reading you when I don't read you.

(Did that make sense?)

John

Maya's Granny said...

Having worked as a parenting coach for over ten years, I saw ever increasing numbers of children with ADHD. And I can't think of a one whose mother didn't smoke.

moon said...

I'm with MAR.... can't stand seeing pregnant women smoke, it makes me want to strangle them. I used to be a heavy smoker...the day I found out I was pregnant...I quit..sure it would have been better to quit before but atleast I quit that very moment...I lasted almost 3 yrs...unfortunately it took just one puff to start again, I was weak.....
I finally quit 2.5 yrs ago...AMEN..and EX smokers are less tolerant then non smokers oddly enough, I guess that if we were able to quit, you can too lol....HORRAAAA FOR ALL THOSE EX SMOKERS OUT THERE....and tO ALL THE PPL SMARTER THEN US FOR NOT STARTING LOL!!

November Rain said...

here via michelles ex smoker best thing I ever did after 8 years I went to start back (weight thing- I loose when I am smoking big time) and after a week threw them away its like yuck

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I AGREE! And I will go further...
JUST DON'T SMOKE. Those who do, have no idea what they are setting into motion for not only their children/spouses/significant others/pets...BUT their CHILDREN!

BTW: You know what is really sad about almost all of these Cactus flowers? They are only around for such a short short time...It's not like you could use them in a "display"....Oh, that THAT were not true! (lol)
Like the Hoodia Flowers...your lucky if they last for over 24 hours! As a true Flower person...I love that you appreciate the specialness of these rare, well I want to say..CREATURES!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I'm sorry I repeated CHILDREN in my comment about smoking...but the truth is...the CHILDREN of smokers cannot be protected enough, you know? Yes. I know you know, my dear Judy.

Mamacita said...

I know that some people will take issue with this remark but here it is anyway: I just don't think that smokers make good parents. They obviously put their own personal and selfish desires ahead and above the health and well-being of their children. Not to even mention the money involved; smoking is expensive. I'd like to have a nickel for every smoking parent I've encountered who "couldn't afford" to buy socks or mittens or lunch for their child.

Bah on them all. Selfish, selfish, selfish.