You, Your Baby & Smoking

Trying to quit smoking? Click here for helpful resources in the “Smoking – Quit Tobacco” section of our Community Resource List.


A Tip from a Former Smoker: Some of the reasons to quit are very small.Smoking during pregnancy has numerous negative impacts on the health of a woman, fetus and infant. Smoking increases risk of prematurity, low birth weight and perinatal death.

Pregnant? Don’t smoke. It can hurt your baby in 6 ways.

  • You may bleed a lot – the blood loss can put you and your baby in danger.
  • Your baby may have health problems. These may cause your baby to die before birth.
  • Your baby may be born too soon.
  • Your baby may be born too small.
  • Your baby could die of SIDs (crib death).Quit smoking today! We can help. Visit
  • Your baby may have learning problems later on.

For more information, click here to read the March of Dimes Fact Sheet.

For more information and help to quit smoking:

  • Call the Florida Department of Health Family Health Line toll free at 1-800-451-2229.
  • Visit the Florida Tobacco Quit-For-Life line for free, confidential, comprehensive counseling and information about how to quit.  At your request, counselors will call you to follow-up with more assistance.
  • The National Cancer Institute has awarded the University of South Florida and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center a grant to develop, distribute, and evaluate self-help materials to aid pregnant or postpartum women in maintaining their tobacco abstinence. Women may call the toll-free phone number (1-877-9-KICK-IT) to request the materials.


CHANTIX and Pregnant or Nursing Women

Who can take CHANTIX? According to the manufacturer’s website, tell your doctor about each of your medical conditions including if you:

  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. CHANTIX has not been studied in pregnant women. It is not known if CHANTIX will harm your unborn baby. It is best to stop smoking before you get pregnant.
  • Are breast-feeding. Although it was not studied, CHANTIX may pass into breast milk. You and your doctor should discuss alternative ways to feed your baby if you take CHANTIX.
  • Have kidney problems or get kidney dialysis. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of CHANTIX for you.