I've been sitting on a new study (published today in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health) and I can reveal (cue drum roll) that "Mums who smoke heavily while pregnant run the risk of having kids who grow up to become repeat criminal offenders, research suggests".
I'm not making this up. According to the press release:
The findings showed that children whose mothers had smoked heavily during the pregnancy were the most likely to have a criminal record as an adult.
They had a 30% increased chance of having been arrested, and this applied to women just as much as it did to men.
The findings held true, even after taking account of a comprehensive range of family and social factors, such as mental ill health and deprivation, which are likely to influence behaviours, the research showed.
“While we cannot definitively conclude that maternal smoking during pregnancy (particularly heavy smoking) is a causal risk factor for adult criminal offending, the current findings do support a modest causal relationship,” conclude the authors.
I'm speechless, so I'll quote my source: "It must be true: it's peer reviewed."
See: Study claims heavy smoking during pregnancy can lead to a life of criminality (Liverpool Daily Post). Click HERE to view the paper in full.