There is nothing to prove that smoking while pregnant has any effect on the child. My mother has never smoked and I’m a little weed. My aunt smoked like a chimney and still does – one of her sons played for the Welsh Youth Rugby team and all of them are built like brick shithouses. What you turn out like is all in your genes, not in a bit of burning leaf. To believe otherwise is to subscribe to the shamanism that has replaced modern science, or the gourd-rattling that has replaced modern medicine.
The latest Study that has Shown, by Experts who have Said, also proves nothing. Not least because it has ignored a lot of (probably inconvenient) American states – or maybe they couldn’t be bothered doing it right. There’s no need any more, in modern science. You just need enough to agree with the conclusions dictated by the funders.
This particular study does not even seem to have set out to prove anything. It’s just a report on how many pregnant women smoke. There is no follow-up to report on the ‘harm done to the babies’ – there never is, because there is no harm.
They might as well report on how many pregnant women chew gum or do jigsaw puzzles or watch reality TV or blow the left nostril before the right when they have a cold. Any of those would have as much meaning as this study. None at all.
It’s just another smoker-bashing propaganda exercise. That’s all it is. More junk for the drones to lap up. They do, and they think it’s real science. Because they are stupid. That cannot be fixed and I will not try. They are open to torment by words and that is all I have to offer them. Besides, it’s a lot of fun.
These ‘experts’ have followed through, you know. Oh yes, they have. They have looked at the proportion of damaged babies born to nonsmoking and smoking mothers. They have looked at those who stopped smoking while pregnant too. They have found one of two things.
Either smoking while pregnant makes no difference at all or worse – smoking while pregnant reduces the chances of a duff sprog. If they had found anything else it would be headlines. I guarantee they have tried. Repeatedly.
This does not mean that smoking is good for babies. Stressed mothers are never good for babies and a woman forced to stop smoking (or doing jigsaw puzzles or anything else she enjoys) will be stressed during pregnancy. Smoking might not be beneficial but it is not harmful. Putting a pregnant woman under stress is harmful to both mother and baby.
In terms of pure biology, a stressed pregnant animal of any species might abort the pregnancy if the body (hormones and cellular-level interactions) are convinced that there is danger. That’s actual, dispassionate, impersonal science, of a sort that is rare these days. I learned my science before it became a political tool, fortunately. It must be awful to be a modern panderer to bigotry and spite, which is pretty much all you’ll get funding for now.
(Once this holiday madness is over I must get a new keyboard. The letters are wearing off!)
Is it possible that smoke has any kind of beneficial effect? Well, Frank Davis brought this up some time back (too late and too tipsy to hunt it down). Humanity really got going when we discovered how to make fire. From then until recently we had fires in our homes. Coal or log fires burned in every fireplace and every house was smoky. The new radiator thing happened within my lifetime. Now we have houses built without chimneys!
We also have a surge in respiratory diseases that coincides with the loss of fireplaces, a massive increase in road traffic and a huge decline in smoking. Guess which of those the respiratory problems get blamed on?
Speaking as a scientist, it is possible to hypothesise (modern scientists will think that means ‘make the data fit what we’re paid to find’ but it doesn’t) that breathing at least a little smoke has become a natural part of being human. Any smoke. We developed alongside our fires and now they are gone. Part of humanity has died. We need to be near something that is burning. It made us who we are.
Without it, we become weak dweebs who are scared of shadows and who complain about everything.
So I think I’ll keep my smoke around me. I do not want to become one of the zombies.
The way things are going, it’ll only be smokers who are left on the planet. The dweebs and the drones will all die of the fear of nothing.
I will certainly be glad to help that along.