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BHB Awarded CVS Grant

B'more for Healthy Babies has received an $85,000 grant from CVS Health to help new moms and pregnant women quit smoking. Our efforts will focus particularly on high risk populations who have limited access to health care services.

Smoking is not only bad for the smoker, it’s harmful to those around him or her – especially if the smoker is pregnant. Babies exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb are at increased risk of dying of SIDS or being born too small or too soon.

Research in Baltimore City found that babies who were exposed to smoke in the womb were five times more likely to die from SIDS than babies not exposed to cigarette smoke.  In 2012, among all pregnant women who reported smoking during their pregnancy, 25% had either a low birth weight or preterm birth outcome. Many babies who survive the complications associated with preterm birth face a lifetime of challenges.

Find out more about the grant or quitting while pregnant

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Sponsored by the Office of Mayor Catherine E. Pugh,
Baltimore City Health Department,
The Family League of Baltimore, and
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield