Baby Love: Helping You to Commit to a Smoke-Free Pregnancy

It’s Never Too Early Or Too Late To Stop Smoking

Many do not realize it, but the decision to quit smoking protects the people in your life. Smoking harms not only the smoker, but your loved ones as well. No amount of secondhand smoke is safe.

The main way smoking hurts non-smokers is through secondhand smoke. This is the combination of smoke that comes from cigarettes and the smoke that is breathed out while smoking.

For adults, breathing in secondhand smoke over time can cause a number of health problems for non-smokers such as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • More difficult time getting pregnant
  • Colds and flu
  • Irritated eyes, nose and throat

For pregnant women and children secondhand smoke is especially dangerous for things such as:

  • Lose their babies
  • Give birth to smaller babies
  • Have babies die of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Have babies who are cranky, restless and get sick more often
  • Have babies with learning problems

And, children who breathe in secondhand smoke over time are more likely to have:

  • More severe asthma attacks
  • Bronchitis, pneumonia and other breathing problems
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Ear and lung infections

If you are ready to quit:

Talk to your healthcare provider
Call 1.800.QUIT. NOW
Check resources at smokefree.gov
Or call Henry County Hospital Smoking Cessation for the next available free session – 599.3719

Baby Love, a free program designed to help pregnant women to stop smoking begins July 8. Call 599.3719 for details.