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Tobacco Use and Pregnancy

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
  • Stillbirth
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Pregnant women should also 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.

Call the 24/7 Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline today!

1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)
Spanish: 800-793-1552
TTY: 877-777-6534
Video relay: 866-748-2436

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a free service for all Oklahomans. You can talk with a trained Quit Coach who will help you create a quit plan just for you. They can also offer support during times when you may be tempted to use tobacco again.

Smokers who use a helpline are four times more likely to quit than if they try to quit on their own.

Tools to Succeed:

  • Free patches or gum for the uninsured
  • Free info on quitting tobacco
  • One-on-one telephone coaching
  • Referrals to local programs in your community

You'll learn how to:

  • Create a quit plan to improve your chance of success
  • Cope with cravings
  • Find things you can do with your hands
  • Change behavior patterns that remind you to smoke or chew

No matter how far along you are in your pregnancy, your baby will be healthier when you quit. When you quit smoking:

  • Your baby will get more oxygen that helps your baby grow.
  • Both you and your baby will likely have fewer colds.
  • Your baby will be less likely to have asthma, allergies and other lung problems.
  • Your baby will be less likely to suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Your breast milk will be healthier for your baby.
  • Reduce the chances that your baby will miscarry.
  • Reduce the chance that your baby will be born too early, before the lungs and other organs are fully formed.
  • Avoid having your baby go through nicotine withdrawal at birth.
  • Decrease your baby’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS or crib death)
  • Save money to buy more things for your baby – and yourself.

Secondhand smoke exposure causes early death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke.

  • Pregnant women exposed to secondhand smoke have 20% higher odds of giving birth to a low-birth weight baby than women not exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy.
  • Infants exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) than infants who are not exposed.
  • Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, severe asthma, respiratory symptoms and slowed lung growth.

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Contact Information

Shantice Atkins, MPH
SoonerQuit Senior Coordinator
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
4345 N. Lincoln
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 522-7346, E-mail Shantice Atkins