World No Tobacco Day, 5/31/16

Did you know? In 2014, there were 35 infant deaths in Cuyahoga County that had tobacco exposure as an associated risk factor? That's the same as two preschool classes that will never see the first day of school, or a bus of students that will never ride to class.

MomsFirst and the Healthy Cleveland Initiative sponsored an event at the Galleria for World No Tobacco Day. We took the opportunity to highlight the effect of smoking and secondhand smoke on pregnancy and babies.

Several facts highlighted the dangers of smoking:

  • Smoking during pregnancy is a major risk factor in almost every study of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

  • The risk of SIDS is particularly high when a baby shares a bed with a smoker.

  • Smoke exposure increases the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight.

  • Pregnant women who breathe other people's cigarette smoke are more likely to have a baby that weighs less

  • Babies who breathe in other people's cigarette smoke are more likely to have ear infections and more frequent asthma attacks.

  • Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have a miscarriage.

  • When you stop smoking, your baby will get more oxygen even after just one day of not smoking.

  • All tobacco products that are burned, including cigarettes, hookah, and little cigars such as Black and Milds, contain nicotine and carbon monoxide.

  • Babies who are exposed to secondhand smoke are inhaling many of the same cancer-causing substances and poison as smokers.

If you are a smoker, and want to quit, you are not alone! Contact these local resources for help:

  • Ohio tobacco quit line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
  • Centers for Families and Children: 216-932-9497 x 1137
  • MetroHealth Main Campus: 216-778-7503
  • Cleveland Clinic Langston Hughes: 216-361-1773
  • Cleveland Regional Perinatal Network: 216-844-3392
  • University Hospital: 216-844-2568

If you are pregnant and want to quit, contact Moms Quit for 2. Free diapers for one year are provided if you remain tobacco free throughout your pregnancy and after baby is born. Contact Desiree Hill at Friendly Inn Settlement House at 216-431-7656.

MomsFirst administration staff, Victoria Davis and Megan Walsh, staff the MomsFirst table at the World No Tobacco Day event.

MomsFirst administration staff, Victoria Davis and Megan Walsh, staff the MomsFirst table at the World No Tobacco Day event.