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West Virginia

Right From The Start Program

Why Should I Quit Smoking?

 
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350 Capitol Street, Room 427, Charleston, West Virginia 25301-3714
(304) 558-5388 or Toll Free in WV 1-800-642-8522
Fax (304) 558-7164

Quit for Your Baby:

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CARBON MONOXIDE in smoke LOWERS the oxygen (air) in your blood and your baby's blood.

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NICOTINE in smoke NARROWS your blood vessels.  Your baby gets a little LESS blood, LESS food, and LESS air with each cigarette.

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Your chances of BLEEDING OR MISCARRIAGE are higher when you smoke.

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Your chances of having a SICK BABY or a baby BORN TOO SOON is higher.

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Babies who inhale smoke have MORE LUNG PROBLEMS and EARACHES and are more at risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

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Your chance of having a baby with LEARNING PROBLEMS is higher.

 

  YOUR CIGARETTE SMOKE HAS 4,000+ HARMFUL CHEMICALS AND POISONS.
 

Some of the chemicals are:

 

ACETONE (nail polish remover)

AMMONIA (floor cleaner)

ARSENIC (rat poison)

BUTANE (lighter fluid)

CADMIUM (car batteries)

CARBON MONOXIDE (car exhaust)

CYANIDE (deadly poison)

TOLUENE (cleaning fluid)

No Smoking

 

Quit for Yourself:

 

Smoking is bad for your health and your baby.  If you stop now, your baby will be healthier.
Here are some reasons to quit:

 

 
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Have a healthier baby

bullet No burn holes in clothes and furniture
 
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Be a good role model

bullet No longer dependent on a chemical
 
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Have more money

bullet Breath, hair, clothes smell better

 

For help with quitting smoking email the RFTS smoking cessation coordinator - Terra Hoff, call the RFTS Program or the WV Tobacco Quitline.

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