Smoking while pregnant is dangerous for both the mother and the baby. Risks include birth defects, premature birth and other complications during pregnancy.
Black non-Hispanic and white non-Hispanic pregnant women who reported smoking during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have a very preterm birth, which means that the baby was born at less than 32 weeks instead of at 37 or more weeks.
Over the past 25 years, premature births have been identified as the leading cause of infant deaths in Cuyahoga County.
Learn more about the health effects of smoking while pregnant.
You can click here to obtain additional information on the continued impact of tobacco & second hand smoke and smoking cessation resources & services available in Ohio and Cuyahoga County – Dr. Sherrie Williams (MetroHealth Pulmonologist)
If you want to quit smoking, there is free help available. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1.800.784.8669)
The Ohio Tobacco Quit Line provides personal quit coaching and telephone counseling free of charge to ALL Ohioans, regardless of insurance status or income.
Resources & Links
Call 1.800.QUIT.NOW Banner Ad
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Call 1.800.QUIT.NOW Video with Ro Digga
2017 smoking and pre-term birth data brief
2018 smoking and pre-term birth data brief
Ohio Tobacco Quit Line Pregnancy Program
Visit our Maternal Child Health page for information about staying healthy before, during and after pregnancy