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Practically everybody knows that smoking is totally bad for your health. This is especially true for women who are trying to conceive. But have you ever considered that you could have genes that are most probably damaged, and you are more susceptible to cancer and other genetic diseases just because your dad smoked? A research I saw online conducted by researchers of the University of Bradford in England disclosed that if your dad smoked like crazy even way before you were conceived, he would have probably warped up your genetic information. These changes in the DNA could most probably make the child in the womb most likely to catch diseases in later life such as cancer and other genetic diseases. (uh-oh. My dad smoked and only stopped when he retired!)
This study should make women attempting to conceive to convince their partners to stop smoking. A fertile sperm cell could take about three months to fully develop. To avoid a genetic mishap, quitting should start way before trying to conceive.
Quitting would probably be hard, especially in a culture where smoking is considered “macho”. I mean, when my son was born, my older relatives urged hubby to smoke a cigar. Just on that moment when our baby boy was born anyway. It is a tradition, I think, that whenever a male is born, the father should smoke a cigar. Cigar essentially became a symbol of the males!
Trying electronic cigarettes may help, though. Although ecigs are not sold as products that will make you stop smoking, it has no tar, smelly odor and ash. This may help you in your way to completely stop smoking.