Another Reason for Men to Quit Smoking

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Hi, I'm Dr. Altman. Women who smoke and are planning to become pregnant are always encouraged to quit, but what about dad? Turns out the same advice also applies to men planning to have children. A recent study found that smoking damages the DNA in a man's reproductive cells, and that damaged genetic information can be passed along to their kids increasing their children's odds for cancer and other diseases throughout their lives, so guys, the sooner you quit smoking, the better.

A fertile sperm cell takes about three months to fully develop, that means you should kick the habit at least 90 days before you plan to conceive. Think of it as even more motivation to quit smoking. Healthy genes are the best legacy you can pass on to your kids. What's more second-hand smoke is extremely dangerous for your children because their lungs are still developing.

Infants exposed to second-hand smoke have a higher risk of SIDS. Kids exposed to second-hand smoke have more illnesses including ear infections and pneumonia. Besides if you're not smoking you'll be in better shape to chase around those active toddlers. I'm Dr. Altmann, for more ways to stay smoke-free check out all our smart tips.