Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems. Women who smoke may find it harder to get pregnant, and women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have a miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, infant death and other birth defects.

Amanda tells her story in the new TIPS Campaign.

Amanda - A Tip from a formers smoker

While in college, newly engaged—and still smoking a pack a day—Amanda learned she was pregnant. She tried to quit, but juggling work and classes was stressful. She thought cigarettes helped deal with stress. She soon learned that smoking only made things worse. Her baby was born 2 months early, which is a danger for all pregnant women who smoke. The tiny baby girl spent weeks in a hospital incubator. "I knew that smoking was bad... I didn't think I would have a premature baby," said Amanda. "I couldn't hold her much in those first weeks. It's time I'll never get back. Smoking took that from me."

Click here for more information about Amanda and other former smokers in the new campaign and watch her video below.

Smoking while pregnant is simply bad for the mother and the baby.

Tobacco smoke contains known cancer-causing chemicals, which are absorbed into the placenta —the source of the baby's food and oxygen during pregnancy.

Smoking while pregnant is simply bad for the mother and the baby; it increases the likelihood the baby will be born sick and/or needing a longer stay in the hospital. Smoking can cause an abnormal pregnancy, such as the embryo attaching to the Fallopian tube or outside the womb. This condition almost always causes the fetus to die and poses a serious risk to the mother’s health. Also, smoking after the baby is born increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Indiana is one of only seven states that covers all seven FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications and individual and group cessation counseling for all Medicaid enrollees. The Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1.800.QUIT.NOW) is free to anyone interested in quitting, with expanded services for pregnant women. If you are ready to quit click here.


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