Copy


 

View this email in your browser
Share
Tweet
Share
Forward
Give the Best Mother’s Day Gift
05/03/16 LICKING COUNTY, OHIO – Mothers want to do everything possible to help their children develop into healthy adults. This month, in honor of Mother’s Day, the Licking County Health Department urges mothers to protect themselves and their children from the dangers of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke and also encourages family members to support moms in maintaining a tobacco-free life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  For the more than 20 million women and girls who smoke, smoking puts them at risk for heart attacks, strokes, and lung cancer.  More women today die from lung cancer than breast cancer.

Smoking not only affects those who smoke, but it has a detrimental effect on their children, as well. Problems caused by secondhand smoke, include bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections. Secondhand smoke exposure causes more frequent and severe asthma attacks in children.

Moms should not let people smoke around children. They should not let babysitters, family, or friends smoke around children. If you are a mom who smokes, quit. Children of parents who smoke are twice as likely to become smokers.

For women planning to have children, it's important to understand the health risks associated with tobacco use. Smoking increases the risk for adverse pregnancy-related health outcomes, including infertility, spontaneous abortion, premature rupture of membranes, low birth weight, neonatal mortality, stillbirth, preterm delivery, and SIDS.

Moms and moms-to-be who are ready to quit have many resources in Licking County to help them do so. Give the gift of a tobacco – free life to a mom that you know, this Mother’s Day. Calling the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW is a good first step. The Licking County Health Department also offers a free program called, “Baby & Me Tobacco Free”, for woman who are pregnant, to help them to stop smoking. For more information, please visit www.lickingcohealth.org.  
 
“The Licking County Health Department serves more than 160,000 citizens in the Licking County General Health District by preventing disease, protecting the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles with a vision of healthy people living in healthy communities.”
 
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Twitter
Instagram
Instagram
Website
Website
Media Contact: (740) 349-6535

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences