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Expectant Parents: 

Pregnancy and Smoking

Health threats to children exposed to tobacco smoke are serious. For unborn children, the health threats are severe. For this reason and many others, a smoke-free household is the best way to ensure a healthy family. 

Pregnant women are eligible to receive free help to quit smoking through the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line Pregnancy Program. Quitting smoking is best for you and your baby. If you want to quit and would like help...

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669): a free program to help pregnant women quit smoking. The program offers special rewards to pregnant callers, including:

  • A $5 rewards card after your first call
  • A $5 rewards card per completed call during pregnancy (up to five calls or $25)
  • A $10 rewards card per completed call after childbirth (up to four calls or $40)  
  • Other benefits: text messaging options nicotine replacement therapy (if applicable and approved) online counseling and individual, personalized telephone counseling

        Most importantly: a healthy, tobacco-free future for you and your baby!  

Risks to Babies of Smoking Mothers:

  • Smoking during pregnancy remains one of the most common preventable causes of infant morbidity and mortality.1
  • Unborn babies are deprived of oxygen and nutrition because the placenta carrying these from the baby to the mother is adversely affected by smoking.
  • Children born of smoking mothers are often low birth weight (less than 5 ½ pounds), and are two to three times more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Breastmilk of smoking mothers passes toxic effects to nursing babies.
  • Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk for more frequent colds, asthma, and bronchitis. 


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2004.

2. Ohio Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, Ohio Department of Health

3. Fiore MC, Laen CR, Baker TB, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2006 Update. Clinical Practice Guideline. Rockville, MD U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. May 2008.