Quitting is Your New Reality

pregnant woman holding a lit cigaretteMyth: Lowering the number of cigarettes I smoke during my pregnancy is safer for the baby.
Reality: There is no safe level of smoking. Even cutting down to a few cigarettes a day means you are ingesting harmful chemicals that reach your unborn baby and compromise your health and the health and development of your baby.

Having a baby? Thinking of having a baby? Or, already have a family but struggling to quit smoking? It’s always a good time to make quitting your reality. In fact, Dr. John Harch, retired general surgeon, and other experts like the American Cancer Society tell us that people who succeed in quitting make at least 7 (or more) attempts. It isn’t easy, but it is worth every attempt to surround your child with a healthy environment – in the womb or in the home.

TOBACCO MYTHS DEBUNKED
Although the U.S. Surgeon General warns that smoking can be harmful to your baby, many myths continue to circulate about pregnancy and tobacco and can mislead women who continue to smoke. Dr. Harch debunks of few of the smoking myths in this Moms Everyday video:

NOV. 16 – GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT
This is the annual day to join thousands of other Americans who want to quit smoking. The Great American Smokeout gives smokers a chance to get help with quitting. On November 16, 2017 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm you can swing by the Target shopping center (between U.S. Bank and Carl’s Jr.) in Redding, California to get free quit kits.

Young woman thinks about quitting smokingFREE CALIFORNIA SMOKERS’ HELPLINE
Any time, day or night, you can get free telephone counseling, self-help materials, and online help in six languages to help you quit smoking. Call 1-800-662-8887 for more information or check out the 1-800-NO-BUTTS website.

Now that you know more about the myths, make quitting your reality. Grab this information and make a plan to begin your smoke-free life. Maybe just for you, but definitely for you and your baby!

About Deborah Peel

Writer, blogger, marketer, mother, lover of big trees and isolated mountain tops. I'm passionate about the pathway to success that First 5 Shasta is building for young children. Our grantees, partners, and caring community members all contribute to this critical early childhood investment. Together, we make the pathway strong!
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