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Moms Play a Key Role in Building a Tobacco-Free South Dakota





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
: May 4, 2011
CONTACT: Colleen Winter, (605) 773-3737
 
Moms Play a Key Role in Building a Tobacco-Free South Dakota
 
PIERRE, S.D.Tobacco use among pregnant women and mothers continues to endanger South Dakota children. In 2009 18.5 percent of South Dakota women smoked during pregnancy. For the years 2006-2009, an average of 28 percent of children who died in the first year of life had a mother who smoked. Perhaps even more striking, 45 percent of infants who died of SIDS had mothers who smoked.
 
“Moms and moms-to-be play a key role in reducing the impact of tobacco use in South Dakota,” said Colleen Winter, Director of Health and Medical Services for the department. “By quitting smoking moms can help to ensure their children will live long, healthy lives.”
 
Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy directly increases the risk of health and behavioral problems including: abnormal blood pressure in infants and children, cleft palates and lips, childhood leukemia, infantile colic, childhood wheezing, respiratory disorders in childhood, eye problems during childhood, mental retardation, attention deficit disorder, behavioral problems and other learning and developmental problems.
 
“Quitting smoking is difficult, especially for stressed-out moms. But moms don’t have to quit alone,” said Winter. By calling the South Dakota QuitLine at 1-866 SD-QUITS (1-866-737-8487), moms receive one-on-one support from trained professionals who will help them develop a plan to quit for good. Online support is also available at www.SDQuitLine.com.  
 
Improving the birth outcomes and health of infants, children and adolescents is a key objective of the department’s Health 2020 Initiative.
 
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