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Member # 28394
posted 02-19-2007 01:28 PM
Ok, so someone mentioned this to me today and i was really amazed at it.
Apparently in the UK there are increasing numbers of pregnant teens taking up smoking to have a lighter childbirth, In the hope of easing the experience. But the truth is that all the research shows nothing but the fact that the babies will suffer extreme health problems. (click) Here's the story from the daily mail. Do people think it's misinformation and under-education causing it? Or is it just mothers twisting statistics to justify the addiction, and would they do it anyway?
Member # 8067
posted 02-19-2007 01:40 PM
As the article says, the claim is being made on the basis of a minister hearing about it "anecdotally".
In other words, there's no actual evidence of pregnant teens doing this, let alone that it's an increasing trend. And the Daily Mail has a habit of latching onto anything they can use to stigmatize pregnant teens (or asylum-seekers, or any of the other groups they don't approve of). So honestly, I wouldn't put too much credence in it unless someone comes up with some evidence that this is actually occurring.
Member # 28394
posted 02-19-2007 02:09 PM
Good point, I read the article, but I was blinded by the juicier technicalities, and missed the bit about "anecdotally". I must say I've not heard of it before.
If there was figures to back it up, then surely the paper would use those figures? I Dno, I haven't seen information on it anywhere else. If this actually came from an isolated incident or a made up worry, it's quite a good example of how information can get around wrongly, ie to me! A friend was telling me this today, and I was pretty shocked! When, as it appears, likelily there's not much much behind it. [ 02-19-2007, 02:31 PM: Message edited by: PenguinBoy ]
Member # 29269
posted 02-20-2007 02:24 PM
A general rule of thumb is not to believe anything you read in a UK tabloid newspaper, except for maybe the sports scores. If I read a newspaper, I read the Times usually.
Led Zep One
Member # 32380
posted 02-21-2007 04:07 PM
The times is deffinataly the paper of choice,
the daily mail just wants to sell papers not deliver factual news. Its not of a gossipy paper (for lack of a better, or real word) I personally have never hear of anyone smoking to make child birth easier. During child birth the hospital can administer drugs to make child birth less painful, but i would seriously advise anyone <b>not</b> to smoke at all during pregnancy for the childs sake if not your own.