Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy means a higher chance of:
- A baby born too early or underweight.
- Labour and delivery complications.
When you smoke, your baby smokes!
- The chemicals in tobacco smoke get into a baby’s blood stream cutting oxygen by 25 %, affecting growth and overall health.
- A small child held by a smoking parent takes in more cancer-causing chemicals per kilogram of body weight than the parent.
- A baby exposed to second-hand smoke is more likely to develop colds, coughs, ear infections, and breathing problems including asthma and illnesses such as pneumonia.
- A smoker’s baby is more likely to need hospital treatment due to illness in their first year of life.
- A baby exposed to second-hand smoke is twice as likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Exposures to toxins in third-hand smoke, which attaches to surfaces and may be present for a long time, may have an impact on a baby’s lung development.
Clear the air — you’re almost there!
The chemicals in tobacco smoke will harm smokers and those exposed to second-hand smoke. Smoking is a leading cause of impotence and lowers sperm count in men. Smoking also makes it harder for some women to get pregnant. That’s why a decision to clear the air of smoke needs to be a family affair, not just the promise from one parent. Knowing the harm that smoking causes to you and your family, takes you halfway to kicking the habit. You may have tried to quit before. You may think that you can’t. But studies show that the more often you try, the more likely you will finally do it – for good.
FOR HELP CLOSE TO HOME CONTACT:
Health care provider:
Local public health unit: 1-800-267-8097
Smokers Help Line: 1-877-513-5333 or www.iwillsucceed.ca