Besides causing shrinkage in some men, if you smoke and want to have a kid, think twice because if you light up you may cause harm to future babies, a new study shows.
We’re talking about genetic damage!
A study by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) shows that men who smoke even years before conception can cause genetic damage to their future children.
Men who smoke can make a child more susceptible to diseases such as cancer, the study shows.
“Fatherhood feels far away for many young men, but if they are experimenting with tobacco now, this study is important to pay attention to,” said Courtney Ward, Chief, Office of Tobacco Prevention & Cessation, Arizona Department of Health Services. “Studies show that a large number of young adults who experiment with cigarettes become daily smokers, which impacts their health and the health of future offspring.”
Men who smoke: Reaction to the study
The fact that smoking dads-to-be can harm their future children came as a surprise to 22-year-old Ethan Freedman, an advertising agency intern.
“Honestly, kids really aren’t on my mind now and I don’t smoke, but reading this study made me realize what can be passed down to children,” said Freedman. “I’ll be sharing this information with my guy friends who do smoke.”
The side effects of women smoking during pregnancy are well documented, but this research shows the effects of men who smoke prior to conception can be just as detrimental to a newborn.