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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fag Matters - Hmmmm..

The Press Association report the following:

"Children whose mothers smoke heavily during pregnancy are more likely to become career criminals, research suggests.

Heavy smoking is linked to offending regardless of whether the child was brought up in socially deprived circumstances, a study found.

Experts from the Harvard School of Public Health in the US found an increased risk for women who smoked 20 or more cigarettes a day during pregnancy.

Their study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, enrolled more than 3,700 mothers between 1959 and 1966 and asked about their smoking habits during pregnancy.

In 1999/2000, when their children were aged at least 33, criminal record checks were carried out on the offspring.

The results showed that those children whose mothers smoked heavily were 31% more likely to have been arrested as those whose mothers never smoked, and were more likely to be repeat criminal offenders.

I wonder!

I would have thought that if heavy smoking harms the foetus then one primary symptom would be a reduced IQ (owing to subnormal development and oxygen deprivation). However, other studies indicate that many criminals in fact have a higher than average IQ.


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  1. It strikes me that those mothers from lower socio-economic backgrounds are more likely to smoke; as the former chairman of BAT stated, when asked if he smoked; "Smoking is for the poor and stupid."
    I suspect those with low educational achievements and low income are more likely to smoke and are more likely to make up the petty criminal classes.....These are of course generalisations based on my life observations.....I see single mothers smoking and I see them failing to control their kids and, in many of those cases, it appears that, education, as a means to escape the revolving door of poverty, tends to be a low priority.....Again, in general terms.

    I would say that kids of mothers that smoke heavily are likely to eat more junk food for the same reasons stated above; many supermarkets and fast food outlets target this socio-economic group, so using the same logic(sic) is it fair to say that those that eat junk are more likely to be criminals? Again, it is a symptom not a cause.

    I suspect that mothers that smoke heavily are a symptom of likely criminal behaviour rather than a cause......It is just what those of a certain group of uneducated, low income and low achievement families do.

    Now before I am attacked for my views; I am certain that there are many poor people, without a good education that had a bad childhood and upbringing that have not turned to crime, indeed I am one myself. I am also sure that almost every smoker has a relative that started to smoke aged ten, smoked two hundred a day and died aged one hundred and fifty, it is always the story that a smoker tells if anyone tells him or her it is not healthy to smoke....I personally couldn't care less if people want to smoke just as long as they don't blow it on me.

    Education reduces the risk of criminal behaviour as it gives people the means to earn good salaries and thus purchase the nice things they want rather than steal them. Sadly, with higher university fees and fewer jobs, it is likely that more people will remain in the poverty trap and petty crime will increase. Poorer people need to be educated into believing that education is important for their kids.

  2. Professor Puff12:41 PM

    Scientific surveys by the Centre for Made-Up Statistics at the University of Neasden have proven that smoking kills dolphins and baby polar-bears.

  3. Anonymous4:51 PM

    ... and is also responsible for melting of the ice and global warming and that sour taste when you first open a can of carlsberg

  4. So: ban smoking and you abolish crime.
    Have you noticed that you can make it rain by turning all the cows to face in the same direction?
    (Word verification: pilick)

  5. Oh thank goodness...I only smoked 19 cigarettes a day!