Smoking Mothers Make Bad Babies, Part No. 9,748
People with moms who smoked at least 20 cigarettes a day while pregnant are more likely to become criminals, says a study that tracked mothers and children for the past five decades. Even controlling for factors like poverty, mental illness, and “family problems” (which seems like a tricky variable to control, but OK), mothers with pack-a-day habits in the ’60s and early ’70s managed to produce children 30% more likely to get arrested than their nonsmoking buddies.
That’s all! I’ve got no jokes. Don’t smoke. Or, stop briefly while you’re pregnant. Or, keep smoking but just never have children. Or, have kids and let them get arrested, who cares, we’re all our own people.
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