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Smoking Ban linked to Drop in Pre-Term Births

A team of researchers led by Dr Tim Nawrot at the Centre for Environmental Science at Hasselt University in Belgium confirmed that smoking during pregnancy can stunt the growth of unborn babies and shorten gestation; and that a smoking ban in public places can lead to a drop in pre-term births (births of babies before 37 weeks of gestation).

He and his team conducted the research on 606,877 single born babies delivered between 24 and 44 weeks of gestation in Flanders for 9 years from 2002 to 2011. This covered a period before, during and after the introduction of the smoking ban in Belgium. Smoking was banned in public places and most workplaces in Jan 2006 in Belgium. This was followed by a smoking ban in restaurants in Jan 2007, and in bars serving food in Jan 2010.

The results show a 3.13% reduction in the risk of pre-term births after Jan 2007 , and further reduction of 2.65% after Jan 2010.

The Belgium team said that there is a consistent pattern of reduction in the risk of preterm delivery with the successful prevention of smoking in public places.

Another study from Britain also found that smoking bans could lead to a swift and dramatic fall in the number of children admitted to hospital because of asthma attacks.

What’s the Cost to Quit Smoking?

If you smoke one pack a day, you will spend about $1192 a year.

If you puff 2.5 pack a day, the figure will rise to $2983 a year.

The research is done by Rick Beneteau.

Can you imagine what you can do with this money if you chose to stop smoking? However, many people also have to spend money to quit smoking.

Rick Beneteau said the following is the amount of money a smoker could spend on another attempt at “chemical” quitting:

1. Quit Smoking programs range from free to $1,000.00’s. Most fail. Miserably.

2. A Nicotrol Inhaler will cost you approx. $509.88.

3. Three months of chewing Nicorettes will cost you approx. $337.50.

4. Seven  weeks of swallowing Zyban pills will cost you anywhere from $160.08 to $300.00+ depending on where you purchase.

5. Three  months of “withdrawal munchies” (with other programs) will add at least $700.00 to your grocery bill.

Additional reading:

Quick Smoking Today

Hypnosis To Change Your Life by Steve G Jones.

Smoking goes Up when the Economy goes Down

You would have thought that when the economy is experiencing a downturn, smokers would smoke less to make sure they still can buy some bacon home.

Nope. The opposite is likely to happen for many smokers. Instead of smoking less, they actually puff even faster and harder.

Mindful of escalating prices, increasingly worries about losing job or suffering a pay cut plus the uncertainties of the future brought forth tremendous pressure, stress, frustration, anger, feeling of hopelessness and helplessness. Where can they get help and whom they can look towards for a helping hand? Not many. Most people are in the same boat too. So instead of lamenting and complaining like before, smokers kept their silence and sought solace in the rings of smokes.

Is it solace they got? The smokers chose not to see that they are actually damaging their physical and financial health further by puffing more.

Smoking is bad for health, especially detrimental to the throat and lungs. Smokers knew it but chose to believe such illnesses only happen on other people, not them.

Smoking is also bad for the pocket, it studs out money that can be better utilized elsewhere. Smokers knew it too but they justified that cigarettes are their only indulgence in this hard time.

Assuming a bloke spent a mere USD5 smoking, he would use at least USD150 a month for this addiction. That could have been a week’s worth of petrol or groceries, or it could be a treat to the theater with a date or even some great books from Borders or a financial workshop on your bottom line.

I guess the above is just wishful thinking. I would have thought there are less shoppers this Christmas, instead we saw sales soaring on Boxing Days all over the world – from troubled USA, UK, Australia to the orients like Singapore and Hong Kong.  People still rush for retail therapy when they knew they should be more prudent in their expenditure. The shoppers justified by saying that they were saving more in the long run. Really?

I wish smokers are wise like my pal. This 32-year guy gave up smoking in November, and he found that he was USD450 richer.  The money he would have used for cigarettes, cigars, menthol sweets and whatnot went to dressing up his house and buying presents for his wife and three kids last Christmas. He did not become any richer, but his physical and financial bottom line did look a lot healthier!

Additional Reading:

Up Your Bottom Line by Knowing Your Wealth Dynamics

Quit Smoking Painlessly Now.

Hypnosis To Change Your Life by Steve G Jones.