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Smoking may cause birth defects in newborns

Most people know that smoking can cause a slew of negative health effects, especially in pregnant women. However, it can be difficult to kick the habit, even when carrying another life.

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy may not only be putting their own health at risk, but the health of their unborn child, according to the Los Angeles Times. It has been known for years that smoking can increase the risk of miscarriage, but a study recently published in the Human Reproduction Update journal shows that cigarette usage can also raise the odds of other ailments in newborns.

Deformed limbs, cleft palette and heart problems are now linked to mothers who smoke while pregnant.

Second-hand smoke can also have a negative effect on expecting mothers and the general public alike. The chemicals in cigarette smoke can make it difficult to breathe for individuals with respiratory conditions.

Those who want to breathe easier may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier can remove cigarette smoke chemicals such as methylamine, methyl vinyl ketone and methyl sulfid from the atmosphere.