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|You, Your Baby and Tobacco Use|
You, Your Baby and Tobacco Use
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released updated Public Health Service smoking cessation guidelines in June 2000. The American Heart Association supports these guidelines, which offer great hope to the 49 million American smokers who would like to quit.
Parents who continue to smoke tobacco are putting their children’s lives at risk. Second-hand smoke comes from the burning end of a cigarette. This smoke is filled with more tar, poisonous gases (i.e. formaldehyde), and nicotine than the smoke inhaled by the actual smoker.
What happens when people smoke around babies?
As babies grow
What can YOU do?
Smoking leads to a physical and emotional dependency on nicotine. Consequently, it is difficult - but not impossible - to stop smoking. Most likely you will need help.
If you choose to try and quit smoking:
The good news for you is that at one year after quitting, the risk of heart disease is cut in half. After 5 to 15 years of being smoke free, the risk is similar to that of a person who never smoked. The good news for your baby is an increased likelihood of a happy and healthy life.