Pregnant women offered tobacco-free program

Staff report

The Fulton County Health Department will offer the, BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay tobacco free.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we must encourage pregnant smoking woman to consider a quit attempt,” said Laurie Adams, program creator and executive director. “The BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program is research-based and proven to help pregnant women quit smoking and maintain smoking cessation throughout the postpartum period and beyond.”

Adams provided the technical support and training to FCHD and certified one staff member to enroll women into the program. Pregnant women who enroll receive counseling support and resources to help them quit smoking. Upon successfully quitting and remaining tobacco-free, enrolled participants are eligible for vouchers for free diapers for up to 12 months following the birth of their baby.

The program employs cessation methods and guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and its effectiveness has been documented through research.

According to the 2016 Fulton County Health Assessment, 13 percent of Fulton County adults were current smokers. The 2014 CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System reported current smoker prevalence rates were 21 percent for Ohio and 18 percent for the United States.

Tobacco use during pregnancy is a known cause of birth defects, premature births, underweight babies, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Quitting smoking greatly reduces the health risks to the mother and baby.

The program is funded by the Ohio Departmnt of Health Maternal and Child Health Grant. The goal is to enroll at least 10 participants into the program. The BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program is in 15 states nationwide and has enrolled over 7,000 women.

For more information on the program or how to enroll, contact Deb Weirauch, RN at 419-337-0915 or visit

Staff report