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Smoking is one of the most dangerous things you can do while pregnant. Smoking while pregnant can cause a variety of health problems in both you and your baby.

How does smoking affect the health of me and my baby?

Smoking while pregnant can cause:

  • Premature birth
  • Birth defects, such as cleft lip or cleft palate
  • Infant death, such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Difficulty conceiving
  • Miscarriage
  • Problems with the placenta, such as separation from the womb

How many women smoke while pregnant?

In 2011, about 10% of women smoked during the last three months of their pregnancy. Of those women that smoked before their pregnancy, 55% quit during their pregnancy, and 40% relapsed after giving birth.

Why should I quit smoking?

By quitting smoking, you will increase the health of both you and your baby. Benefits include:

  • Your baby will receive more oxygen.
  • There is less of a risk of premature birth.
  • There is a better chance of your baby coming home from the hospital with you.
  • You will be less likely to develop smoking-related illnesses.
  • You will be able to breathe easier.
  • You will save money.
  • You will feel good about what you did for yourself and your baby.

How does secondhand smoke affect my baby? How can I avoid secondhand smoke?

For information on the effects of secondhand smoke and how you can avoid it, click here.


Nevada Tobacco Quitline

Nevada Tobacco Quitline is a FREE phone counseling service available to smokers aged 13 or over who want to stop smoking. Your quit coach will help you make a schedule so you can quit using tobacco. Adults over 18 may qualify for FREE tobacco replacement therapy. To find out more, click here.

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