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Does smoking increase my unborn babies risk of nicotine addiction?

Maternal smoking during pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk that the affected child will become a smoker, but if that child does become a smoker, there will be a greater chance that they will be addicted to nicotine. A study published in 2003 by Dr. Stephen L. Buka of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston found that mothers who smoke a pack or more per day have children who are at double the risk of having tobacco addiction, compared to non-smoking mothers. Those who smoked less than a pack a day had children who had a 20% higher risk of tobacco addiction, compared to non-smoking mothers. This is another reason why it is important to avoid any smoking during pregnancy.

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