|The Tobacco-Free Pregnancy Initiative educates women of child-bearing age as well as those who are pregnant on the dangers of using tobacco and educates healthcare providers on the urgent need for face-to-face tobacco cessation counseling.
Recent studies show a 27.2% smoking rate among pregnant women in West Virginia which is almost triple the 11% national rate.
In addressing this crisis, the Cessation Program is funding several programs focusing on pregnant women. Among them is “Tobacco Free for Baby and Me,” housed in the high-risk OB Clinic at Charleston Area Medical Center’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Charleston. The program has provided tobacco cessation services and cessation education to scores of pregnant women.
Download our Mommy Quit for Me Brochure or Tobacco-Free Pregnancy Factsheet.
The WV DHHR Office of Maternal Child and Family Health, another Cessation Partner, offers tobacco cessation counseling during in-home visits through the Right From the Start Program.
The WV DHHR Women’s Infants and Children’s (WIC) Program partners with the Cessation Program by distributing cessation educational materials through the 55 clinics throughout West Virginia.
The Division of Tobacco Prevention Cessation Program supports a Tobacco Free Pregnancy Advisory Council as part of the Tobacco Free Pregnancy Initiative. This Council meets several times a year to address the epidemic.
For more information please contact:
Kathy Danberry, Tobacco Cessation Program Manager. email@example.com or 304-356-4221.