The Smoking Of Cigarette Smoking

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Women have a precious gift that is bequeathed upon them; the gift of conception which is made possible by the love shared between a man and a woman. The tiny life they create is dependent on their mother to protect him or her from harm and provide a safe haven, right from the moment of existence. It’s a mother’s natural instinct to care for her unborn child from the very beginning. Children are sponges in one sense of the word as they absorb all of the good wholesome things that a mother has to pass down to her unborn child. Unfortunately, this also means the bad, unhealthy choices that a mother bestows on her child as well. What a mother ingests is what her growing fetus ingests through her umbilical cord; the life line from the mother to the precious innocent life she holds so dear. The goal of this paper is to give some insight on the use of cigarette smoking in pregnancy. Let’s begin with a short history of what was previously called Nicotiana. Today it is known to humans as Tobacco. Tobacco has been in existence prior to Pre-Columbian America (900 – 1500) when it was first discovered as an herb by native populations. During the 15th century, while in the New World it was observed by Columbus and some of his men that the people of this time were using this plant for medical and pleasurable treatments. These people would smoke the leaves as the plant was thought to have potential therapeutic properties such as; treating ulcerations formed by cancers, a pain remedy,
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