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Smoking - do the young find it harder to quit?

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Nearly 6 out of 10 pregnant teenagers smoke according to Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health – despite knowing about the harmful effects of smoking on an unborn baby. These include low birth weight, asthma and an increased risk of cot death. Do you think young women find it harder to quit than older mums-to-be? Is there a lot of peer pressure? How did you stop smoking?

How much television is too much? Pyschologist Dr Aric Sigman believes that children under three should have little or no screen time. Then a maximum of an hour-and-a-half up to the age of seven, and a maximum of two hours up to the age of 18. The average home contains five screens – including computers and smartphones. 

Pregnant women do not need to ‘eat for two’ according to a review by the British Medical Journal. The researchers found that a normal healthy diet prevents excess weight gain and cuts the risk of complications. Current maternity guidelines do not advocate dieting or weight monitoring.

The heat is being blamed for a rise in children falling out of windows. One London hospital admitted four in just a single day - please keep an eye on your little ones!



  • i smoked for the first 5-6 weeks, because i was unaware i was pregnant, but i soon gave up and now the smell or sometimes even the thought of smoking again makes me feel sick.

    by alysiamae 1 October 2012

  • When i found out that i was pregnant after having blood tests done. i was smoking around 10 a day and had been smoking for 3years, but as soon as i got the news that i was pregnant i was determined to stop for my unborn baby. I threw away nearly a full pack of 20 fags, all my lighters and my ashtrays and haven't smoked since. I found it really hard at first especially with my family and friends being smokers but as soon as i seen my 1st scan and could see my baby that was all i needed to keep me from going back and it was the best thing that i have ever done. xx

    by stephjaz2611 18 June 2012

  • I don't smoke but i can imagine its really hard to give up! I think a little will power and a lot of support goes a long way. I dont understand how people can smoke when they are pregnant! I saw a girl smoking outside the hospital the other day with a pregnancy folder in her hand. I think it looks and smells vile! More support should be given to help people stop.

    by KatyBee 12 June 2012

  • it took me 7 weeks to stop smoking and it was really hard

    by khole 12 June 2012

  • I have tried quiting so many time the longest i quit for is a month and then i started again becoz my fiances dad past away. And now i just.dont even want to quit most of times it knocks me sick but im less bad tempered when i am smoking.

    by Peaches932 10 June 2012

  • I was a very very heavy smoker for 5 years and the day I found out I was preganant I wasn't easy that's a given but I think it was worth it. With everything that happened, my mum kicking me out, having to move in with my ex and his mum and constantly being strapped for cash I was supprised how lolng I have gone without having a cigarette, I wanted to so badly but a sheer determanation of wanting my baby to be the healthiest it could be stopped me from doing it.

    by Lashy 3 June 2012

  • Before I fell pregnant I was a heavy smoker, I completely stopped when I found out I was pregnant. I started smoking again when my son was two and a half (3 years after giving up), and I still smoke now. HOWEVER, I refuse to smoke in front of my son, so go throughout the day without smoking, and haven't had one for almost a week because I have a cough and sore throat, but I still will have one. I'm not addicted to it, I just like doing it!

    by Charley_F 1 June 2012

  • I quit as soon as found out, I'm a heavy smoker..... although things have been stressful I havn't had one ciggerette there's more than just me to think about now! You just need strong willpower x

    by Dani_G 31 May 2012

  • I don't think it matters how old you are when your smoking its hard to quit if your and older smoker or a younger smoker but there is plenty of help out there to help you stop smoking xxxxx

    by georgieo 31 May 2012

  • i was smoking around 15-20 a day and when i found out i was pregnant i cut down and then quit completly a few days later and havent gone back! :) x

  • i was smoking around 15-20 a day and when i found out i was pregnant i cut down and then quit completly a few days later and havent gone back! :) x

  • I also think its hard isn't a good enough excuse, when I found out I was pregnant I had been smoking 5 years & was on 15 a day & I cut down to 3 then stopped completely in a week! Nothing is more important than your tiny growing baby's health! Although this might be right I know of more adults smoking smoking through their pregnancy than teenagers xx

    by NicoleLepage 26 May 2012

  • i quit as soon as i found out after 4years of smoking, i was a bitch because i quit and i screamed cried had every tantrum in the world, it made me lose my appetite and i couldnt eat meals so just nibbled through my preganacy but i wouldnt change the fact that i went cold turkey. Lai was worth it :D xxx

    by Cherii 25 May 2012

  • I was a heavy smoker like 10-20 a day depending on stress levels and when I found out I was pregnant I quit there and then, cold turkey. Id been smoking for about 4/5yrs when I quit and tbh the thought of my babys health was enough for me to not pick one up during my pregnancy. I dont think 'its hard' is a good enough excuse, its all down to will power and ur own strength. Yea I craved a fag for a few days but my daughters health was by far more important than caving to a craving xx

    by 25 May 2012

  • My argument towards smoking is, everyone says they cant do it, but anyone can! its all about the will power! i was lucky as i gave up a month before i fell pregnant, i used nothing to help me,even though i had smoked for over 8years i was just determined in my own mind enough was enough, then finding out i was pregnant, i was over the moon that i had given up! its now been 1year 2months, since i last had a fag, and my little girl is now 4months old, and even though at times i want to start again, i look at my little girl, and i know she wouldn't want me to smoke! i know its hard, but if you put your mind to it it gets easier day in day out!xx

    by tshaunajade 25 May 2012

  • I was 5 weeks when I found out I was pregnant. In 2 weeks I'd cut from around 5-6 a day to 2-3 a week and with 2 weeks after that I had given up altogether I've now been smoke free for around 5-6 weeks :) it was a lot easier then I though it would be after realising I wasn't doing it only for me but for my unborn baby too. Everyone is so surprised and tbh shocked :) I've been smoking since around 15 I'm now 19 xx

    by stevijade 25 May 2012