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Bill Braskkey Born to Smoke Prenatal Effects on Maternal Smoking on Daughters Smoking I suppose the real reason why I decided on this topic was because I find the capabilities of science amazing The fact that it was proven that daughters are more likely to smoke if their mother did while they were in the womb is almost hard to swallow Smoking has been a controversial issue for quite sometime The 90s brought laws that stated that all cartons of cigarettes must carry a Surgeon General warning California also stated that no one can smoke in a bar or restaurant While other states think that this is insane I couldnt imagine it any other way We all know smoking poses its health risks but not everyone is aware that they may be born to smoke I feel that this article was quite well written It was actually relatively simple for me to understand I found this article in the American Journal of Medicine This is from what is called a peer-reviewed journal Denise B Kandel PhD from the Department of Psychiatry of Columbia University and J Richard Udry PhD from the Carolina Population Center at UNC compiled the data I would have suggested that the authors would have used a larger sample size 240 motherdaughter pairs seems a bit small Also the subjects lacked a diversity the study was limited to white mother daughter pairs Essentially their data seems very believable and conclusions drawn are logical The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a correlation between mothers that smoke while pregnant and if that child will be more likely to smoke Also the role that Testosterone plays in it all The methods in this study consisted of interviewing 240 white motherdaughter pairs from the Child Health and Development Study at Columbia University Both mother and daughter were interviewed again when the daughters reached adolescence and the daughters were interviewed
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