Health Dept. Helps Reduce Smoking Rate Among Pregnant Women

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department is working to help pregnant women who smoke.

The health department was recently honored by the state for its Baby & Me Tobacco Free program.

Hamilton County was named one of the top five counties in Tennessee who have reduced the rate of smoking among pregnant women.

In 2015, one year after Hamilton County launched its program, the number of women who reported smoking during their pregnancy dropped by more than one percent.

Health officials say it’s beneficial for both a mother and her baby to make this lifestyle change.

“Quitting smoking during pregnancy improves your birth outcomes, such as low birth weight, and premature birth and things like that, so it lowers their risk for negative birth outcomes,” said Charlean Walls, Baby & Me Tobacco Free program.

If you’re interested in participating in the program, contact the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department at 209-8320.

You can join at any stage of pregnancy.

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