Babies exposed to tobacco smoke – either because their Moms smoked during pregnancy or because they are exposed to smoke in the home – are five times more likely to die from SIDS. Smoking also is highly associated with birth complications. According to the Surgeon General, 10% of all infant mortality could be eliminated if all women did not smoke during pregnancy.
Smoking is a key priority area for BHB, including:
- Creating a task force on preventing substance abuse among pregnant women, with an focus on smoking cessation.
- Implementing an outdoor media campaign to remind smokers to ‘Just Hold Off’ from pregnant women and babies before lighting up.
- Encouraging all providers to screen and counsel pregnant women on smoking cessation and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke in the home, as needed.