If you are a new parent and a smoker, it’s important to understand the dangers of smoking to you and your newborn child. Avoid smoking around your baby, and consider quitting, either on your own or via a formal smoking cessation program.
Since secondhand smoke poses a serious health risk for your infant, do not smoke or allow others to smoke near your baby or inside your home. Secondhand smoke includes smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar as well as exhaled smoke.
Secondary smoke may harm your infant’s small, developing lungs. Research studies link secondhand smoke to increased susceptibility to colds, coughs, wheezing, pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infections, and asthma. Such exposure may increase the risk of your baby dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
To learn more about quitting smoking, you can contact your healthcare provider, or call 1-800-QUITNOW or 1-800-784-8669. For those who are committed to quitting and who are 18 years of age or older, Cone Health offers a free eight-session smoking cessation program. Learn more by calling (336) 832-0894.