Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Baby & Me – Tobacco Free: Helping Pregnant Women to Quit Smoking

Baby & Me – Tobacco Free helps pregnant women to quit smoking for good and provides free diapers to moms who have successfully quit smoking after their baby's birth.

The program is offered to patients at Mercy OB/GYN Center, Sisters OB/GYN Center, Ken-Ton FamilyCare Center. It is also available at Catholic Charities locations.

If you would like to enroll in Baby & Me – Tobacco Free, please contact one of the sites listed above to complete an application or click here to contact Baby & Me directly.

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Laurie Adams is a smoking cessation specialist and the creator of The creator of Baby & Me – Tobacco Free. She has authored a book with Pamela McColl to share strategies on how to quit smoking while pregnant. Click on the image above to learn more.

Q&A with Laurie Adams

In the Q&A below, Laurie Adams shares how anyone (pregnant or not) can successfully quit smoking.

Some smokers are worried that if they try to quit smoking, they’ll gain weight. What would you say to them?

Adams: Besides the major addiction to nicotine, smoking creates an oral fixation. If a person smokes a pack a day, that is 20 cigarettes. Each cigarette smoked takes about 8-10 puffs to complete. That means in the course of the day, the hand-to-mouth for the addiction is up to 200 times per day. When a smoker quits, that reflex is still a habit.

Many think that quitting smoking means you will gain weight. That is not true if the smokers is prepared to convert the hand-to-mouth response with water, fresh fruits or veggies. To help with improving lung function, exercise is greatly encouraged.

Are electronic cigarettes a good idea? Why or why not?

Adams: I feel they are another tool the cigarette companies are using to trap young ones into becoming nicotine abusers. The health commissioner of New York State published a letter in the New York Times about the impact of e-cigarettes. Click here to read the letter.

When people are resisting the urge to smoke, resisting their food cravings at the same time can seem impossible. What do you recommend?

Adams: How you think and what you do is the best approach to quitting. The best offense is a good defense. When smokers quit, they need a game plan to be prepared to curb their nicotine and smoking addiction to other healthy choices.

How can people keep up their motivation to quit smoking, especially if they are surrounded by others who smoke?

Adams: Tell your family and friends you are quitting and that you need their help. You are not asking them to quit, just be considerate of your goal to becoming a non-smoker.

It may be critical to avoid social events where there are smokers for the first few weeks of quitting.

Go prepared to any event by bringing a water bottle or twizzle stick to chew on.

Some businesses offer hypnosis as a way to quit smoking. What do you think of this strategy?

Adams: The only recommended means for quitting is by the best practice approach researched by the CDC and the Health and Human Services. It does not recommend any alternative means for quitting, such as hypnosis, acupuncture, or other non-researched results, due to the lack of testing.

Click here for the CDC manual.


If you are pregnant and would like to enroll in Baby & Me – Tobacco Free, click here to visit their website.

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