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Huckabee says ban on smoking during pregnancy makes sense 

Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 2006-06-13
Author: ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press Writer


Gov. Mike Huckabee, who successfully pushed for a statewide ban on smoking in the workplace, said Tuesday a lawmaker's suggestion to prohibit women from smoking during pregnancy makes sense from a health standpoint.

Rep. Bob Mathis, who voted against the statewide smoking ban, said last week that children born to smokers face the risk of long-term health problems and questioned whether it was "constitutional" for a mother to smoke while pregnant.

Mathis, D-Hot Springs, urged lawmakers to study the issue before the Legislature goes into session in January. . . .

Huckabee compared a pregnant woman smoking to a mother placing a cigarette directly in a child's mouth. . . .

Huckabee said such a prohibition, if enacted, would probably have to cover other unhealthy activities such as drinking.

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