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Tobacco Use in Pregnancy

Contact the Maternal and Child Health Section

  •  850-245-4465



    Mailing Address

    Maternal and Child Health Section 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1721 

Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of:

  • Miscarriage picture of an ashtray with a cigarette
  • Premature birth
  • Being born too small
  • Stillbirth
  • Certain birth defects like cleft lip and cleft palate
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Having a higher risk of ear infections, respiratory problems and asthma after birth

Quitting smoking reduces your risk of:

  • Lung cancer
  • Other cancers
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Emphysema
  • Other chronic problems

It is hard to quit, but if you are interested in quitting smoking there are resources that can help you.

  • Talk to your health care provider.
  • Call your local Healthy Start Coalition for a referral to a provider of the Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT) Program, an evidence based program shown to have effectively helped thousands of pregnant women to quit.
  • The Tobacco Free Florida website has information and resources on quitting smoking.
  • Call 1-877-U-CAN-QUIT (1-877-822-6669) to speak with someone about quitting.
  • Call your local health department to find out about area smoking cessation classes.

To learn more about the effects of smoking during pregnancy and the benefits of quitting visit the links below: logo  smoke free women logo  cdc-logo 

Smoking and Pregnancy Poster   You Can Quit Smoking - English  You Can Quit Smoking - Spanish

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