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Not smoking helps prevent heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death in women.

Why Quit?: The Benefits of Quitting Smoking
and Staying Quit
A lot of changes happen when your family member or friend is pregnant and then brings a new baby home. This is the perfect time to quit smoking. There are many ways to be supportive, including quitting smoking yourself. QuitlineNC is a free, confidential resource available to help you quit for good.

If you are a smoker and decide not to quit, it is very important not to smoke inside or in the car with pregnant women and babies.

Here are some of the benefits of staying smoke free:

Benefits for Baby During Pregnancy:

  • Increases the amount of oxygen the baby will get.
  • Increases the chances that the baby's lungs will work well.
  • Lowers the risk that the baby will be born too early.
  • Increases the chances of having a normal-weight, healthy baby.
  • Increases the chances that the baby will come home from the hospital with his or her mom.

Benefits for Baby After Being Born:


  • Helps keep the baby healthy
  • Reduces the number of ear infections the baby will have
  • Reduces the chance that the baby will have asthma
  • Helps prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Helps prevent colds and serious illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia
  • If the baby was born too early, quitting smoking and staying smoke free is very important – premature babies are more susceptible to the problems listed above.

Benefits for The Whole Family:


  • Gives you more energy and helps you breathe more easily
  • Saves money that you can spend on other things
  • Makes your clothes, hair, and home smell better
  • Makes your food taste better
  • Lets you feel good about what you've done for your family.
  • Increases your choices of family planning methods
  • Helps prevent heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death in women
  • Helps prevent colds and serious illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia