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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.


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Counseling tool on smoking cessation for pregnant women and reduction of secondhand smoke exposure

Maryland's 1-800-QUITNOW

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Just Hold Off poster reminding smokers not to light up around pregnant women and babies

Clinic poster prompting pregnant women to talk to their providers about quitting smoking




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