Quite a few women I know quit smoking while they were pregnant, only to begin the habit again after the child was born. Their thinking was that the nicotine in their system could harm their unborn child. Once the child was born they believed the threat to the child’s health no longer existed.
A recent study by Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal, reported in the India Times, found that children raised within an atmosphere where they are subjected to second-hand smoke are more likely to be aggressive children when they are older. While the study is bases strictly on statistics the correlation to the effects of second-hand smoke on the young is thought-provoking.
Exposure to “smoke at early childhood is particularly dangerous, as the child’s brain is still developing,” she said.