YEP Says, June 20: Leeds mums-to-be are still ignoring perils of smoking

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...and why Joanne deserves her pat on the back from PM.

SMOKING can be a tough habit to kick. But if anything is going to boost your determination to give up it’s surely having a baby.

Yet for a sizeable proportion of women that added incentive is still not enough.

As we reveal today, one in six mums-to-be in some parts of Leeds are still smokers by the time they give birth. Shockingly, many of them don’t see anything wrong with this.

But while there may be people who smoke and give birth to healthy children, the facts behind this phenomenon are undeniable.

When you smoke, the poisons in your cigarette are passed on to your baby – it’s like putting them in a smoke-filled room for 15 minutes.

One of the chemicals found in cigarettes is carbon monoxide, a dangerous chemical that gets into your bloodstream.

This restricts the supply of oxygen that’s essential for your baby’s healthy growth and development, causing your baby’s tiny heart to pump even harder.

Smoking while you’re pregnant also increases the risk of your baby dying from cot death by at least a quarter and increases the chance of them becoming a smoker when they’re older.

Giving up cigarettes isn’t easy – but it’s the most important thing you can do to to give your baby the best possible start in life.

Joanne deserves pat on the back from PM

WITH so much of our everyday lives now being lived online, it’s vital that everyone has the access to the internet they need.

Yet without the efforts of Joanne Curtis, the Leeds woman who launched the Digital Lounge Work Club, scores of people in her community wouldn’t be able to log on.

Her group helps people back into work and gives them free access to computers and the internet.

Joanne, from Seacroft, has now been honoured with praise and an award from the Prime Minister.

It’s the least she deserves for opening the digital door to new opportunites for so many.

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