Smoking and Pregnancy
Every woman should be thinking about her health, whether or not she wants to get pregnant. All women should quit smoking and avoid other harmful substances.
Since over half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are not planned, women need to avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking that could harm an unborn baby.
Smoking during pregnancy is the single most preventable cause of illness and death among mothers and infants. Research shows that smoking during pregnancy may cause:
· Pregnancy complications
· Premature birth
· Low-birth-weight babies
· Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
It is also important for others who smoke to stop smoking around pregnant women to avoid the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), e-cigarettes and vapor devices are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products. Besides nicotine, e-cigarette aerosol can contain cancer-causing chemicals, heavy metals, and ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deeply into the lungs and harm your body. Exposure to secondhand aerosol from other people using e-cigarettes is also risky.
Shantice Atkins, MPH
SoonerQuit Senior Coordinator
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
4345 N. Lincoln
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 522-7346, E-mail Shantice Atkins