One out of every six pregnant women smoked in Ingham County

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One out of every six women who gave birth in Ingham County during 2017 reported that they smoked cigarettes while pregnant.

“Most women know that smoking while pregnant harms their babies and want to quit, but nicotine is very addictive,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “Many need extra support to quit.”

Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of complications during pregnancy and after birth. Babies born to women who smoked while pregnant have a higher risk of low birth weight, preterm birth, and sudden infant death syndrome.

While it is best to quit smoking before becoming pregnant, quitting smoking at any point during pregnancy is helpful in reducing health harms to the woman and fetus.

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is available in multiple languages and any time at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

The Quitline provides free telephone coaching for the uninsured, pregnant women, residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, veterans, cancer patients, and Native Americans.

The Quitline also provides some services including materials, text messaging, an online program, and referral to all Michigan residents.

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