Does Smoking Stunt Your Growth?

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Smoking can stunt the growth of young children who are exposed to secondhand smoke, of babies whose mothers smoked during pregnancy and of young teenagers who start smoking while their bodies are still developing. Understand how smoking affects growth in young people with health information from a board-licensed practical nurse in this free video on smoking.

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If you're a smoker you may have questions regarding your smoking. I'm Dan Carlson, I'm a nurse and today we're going to cover does smoking affect your growth. It's kind of a yes and no answer. If you get older, it's really going to not affect your growth at all, you're already done growing. But what it does do is with nursing mothers and mothers who are pregnant, it will effect the baby's growth. Most babies born of smoking mothers are thinner and have a less mass body weight when they are born and that can effect the baby's growth and stunt them pretty much throughout their whole growing process into the teenage years as well. Even younger children may have trouble growing if smoking is around them via secondhand smoke if they're smoking themselves. So as the child is younger, yes it does affect your growth but as you grow older and stop growing, it really doesn't do much against your growth. So if you have a mother or somebody with a child, it would be a great idea to stop smoking right way. I'm Dan Carlson, thank you very much.

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