Current events article: exposure and pre-birth smoking with ADHD

Essay by jacob42369High School, 10th gradeA+, October 2006

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I got this article from, on September 20th 2006. It was made on September 19th 2006. It is basically linking tobacco smoke before birth and lead exposure after birth to having ADHD, which over 3.8 million kids across the US have. It was written in Chicago, Illinois, by The Associated Press. It says that mothers who smoked during their pregnancy's baby were 2 1/2 times more likely to have ADHD than the children who weren't prenatally exposed to tobacco. It also says that children whose blood level has over 2 micrograms per deciliter were four times more likely to have it then those under 0.8 micrograms per deciliter. They estimated that over 5 million 4-to-15-year-olds nationwide have levels higher than 2 micrograms per deciliter. They say most of these kids will have ADHD.

This Article relates to several areas of health, one of which being physical.

It relates to this dimension because smoking is bad for your physical health, and ADHD affects your physical health also, neither negatively or positively, however. It also relates to your mental health. Having ADHD makes it extremely hard to focus at times, especially with distractions all around you. It also affects your social health. Sometimes people can't stand people with ADHD, because of how hyper it makes you and some can't be quite when they should be quite or sit when they should sit etc. It also affects the emotional aspect of health. I don't have problems with it, but I have read of some people who had terrible self esteem because of people making fun of them because of how they acted.

I myself was surprised by this article. I thought ADHD was all in the heredity, but I guess not. It just gives me another reason to...