Tobacco

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Tobacco

Quitting smoking is a healthy choice for you.

  • It is best to stop smoking before pregnancy, or as early as possible in pregnancy.
  • Tobacco use can reduce fertility for both men and women.
  • It is best to stop smoking before getting pregnant. If you cannot quit, consider smoking fewer cigarettes to reduce the harm to you and your baby. If you cannot quit, you can also start habits that will protect your baby from second-hand smoke, such as smoking outdoors and washing your hands after smoking.
  • It is helpful to have support when trying to quit or cut back on your smoking. Ask for help from your partner, family or friends. If you have trouble quitting, or feel the urge to smoke again after you have quit, talk to your health care provider.
  • Smoking can cause complications during pregnancy. It can cause babies to be born too soon or too small. When babies are born too soon or too small, they are more likely to have serious health problems. The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is greater in babies whose mothers smoked during pregnancy.

Talk to your health care provider before using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products.

  • Your health care provider can help decide if nicotine replacement therapy is right for you.

E-cigarettes may cause health problems and have not been tested for safety during pregnancy.

Make your home smoke-free.

  • Babies are less likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in a smoke-free home.
  • Your baby will be less likely to have ear infections and breathing problems (such as bronchitis or asthma) if you avoid second-hand smoke.

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