|My business partner is a heavy smoker, and we are together
in the office all day long. It does bother me but I am not
sure if it’s worth making a fuss about?
You are in a difficult situation here. There is very strong
evidence which shows that the baby in your womb is affected
as much by passive smoking as though you yourself were smoking.
The problem is that babies that are subjected to cigarette
smoke get less oxygen than they should, and this slows down
their growth. After birth, these babies are also at extra
risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and do not
have strong immune systems.
This is a situation you need to address urgently. If your
business partner will not consider giving up smoking, then
you need to change your working arrangement as soon as possible.
If your partner will not consider going outside to smoke,
then you need to perhaps establish an office at home for
the duration of your pregnancy, and probably also while
you are breastfeeding. You might have to be very creative
on coming up with a way to still work with your partner
without exposing your baby to smoke. The risk to your baby
is too high for you to avoid addressing this situation.