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

Getting Support When Trying to Quit
When you quit smoking, it helps to get support from people around you. Here are ways that others might help you:

  • Ask others to not smoke around you.
  • Ask others to be patient with you, especially if you are feeling grumpy.
  • Ask others to help you with your chores during the first few weeks after you quit to ease your stress.
  • Ask others to remind you how well you are doing not smoking.
  • Tell your doctor or midwife about your plans to quit – there are medications and nicotine replacement products (like the patch and gum) that you may be able to use now that you are not pregnant. 

Handling Others Smoking Around You

Being around someone while they are smoking can put you at high risk for having a cigarette. It's a high risk because you see and smell the cigarette and because cigarettes are right there within reach. Consider these ways to handle the situation:

  • Ask the friend or family member to quit with you.
  • Ask others not to smoke around you, now that you're pregnant or a new mother.
  • Make your home and car non-smoking areas.
  • Leave the room when others light a cigarette.
  • Plan ways to distract yourself when someone else is smoking. Keep your hands and mouth busy.

Consider Calling QuitlineNC (1-800-QUIT-NOW)

QuitlineNC provides free, one-on-one smoking cessation support over the phone. You will be paired with an experienced Quit Coach who will help you create a plan and be there to help you stick to it. QuitlineNC is free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.