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Pregnant smokers encouraged to quit on Mother’s Day

Quitting smoking is one of the best things a woman can do to protect her own health and the health of her baby. On Mother’s Day, Tobacco-Free Northeast Indiana and members of CDFLC encourage women to quit.

“Women who smoke can greatly benefit from the free counseling and support services provided by the Indiana Tobacco Quitline,” said Tobacco-Free Northeast Indiana Program Coordinator Greg Johnson. “The Quitline’s pregnancy program addresses the caller not only as an expectant mother, but also as a woman, as it is important for her to realize that sustaining the quit beyond delivery is as important as quitting during the nine months of pregnancy.”

Indiana’s smoking rate for pregnant women is 17 percent, higher than the national rate of 9 percent. Most of Indiana’s 92 counties have a smoking during pregnancy rate higher than the Indiana average, although, the LaGrange County rate is 12 percent.

Quitting smoking can reduce the risks of respiratory illness, miscarriages, stillbirths, and infant Deaths. Children from families who smoke are twice as likely to become smokers themselves – but parents who try to quit and talk to their kids about how addictive smoking is, why they want to quit, and how important it is to never start can beat those odds.

Hoosier women who call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) will also receive information on secondhand smoke effects on children, quit tips specific to pregnant women, and the important role of family support.

For more information, contact Greg Johnson at 260-350-9166 or e-mail tobaccofreenei@ centurylink.net.