To Incorporate Smoking Cessation Programs Directly into Prenatal Care Visits
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The United States does not compare well with other industrial countries in terms of infant mortality. While there are some things which we simply cannot prevent when it comes to the death of children, there are some steps we can take to lower the number of children who suffer and die from preventable illnesses. One of these is to help pregnant women reduce and eventually quit using tobacco during their pregnancy. Smoking during pregnancy can lead to several negative health outcomes for children, including low birth weight, which makes a child more susceptible to future health problems. Incorporating smoking cessation counseling directly into prenatal care can help women meet all of their health needs in one location, without adding an additional burden of finding needed support elsewhere in their community. Smoking cessation is a positive health decision for everyone, but an especially important goal for women who are pregnant. The process should be made as simple as possible both for their and their children's health.
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