Mothers Offered Free Diapers to Quit Smoking

Baby and Me Tobacco Free SessionsThe Unified Government Public Health Department has launched an exciting new program designed to support pregnant mothers and their families as they attempt to stop smoking. A hallmark of the new program: Mothers who participate will get free diapers! Called “Baby & Me Tobacco Free,” this evidenced-based program began Sept. 1. Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and Kansas. Unfortunately, Wyandotte County’s smoking rate is higher than national and state averages: 25.6% of our adults smoke, including 10.7% of pregnant women.

Smoking carries serious health risks not only for pregnant women but for their babies. It increases the chance of premature labor, birth defects, and even fetal death. Our Wyandotte County Fetal Infant Mortality Review Team (FIMR) has seen these repercussions locally, which has prompted it to join forces with our Tobacco Free Wyandotte Action Team (TFW) to better serve the mothers of Wyandotte County with this new program.

Baby & Me Tobacco Free offers pregnant mothers and their families a series of education sessions related to smoking, the tobacco industry, and support for quitting. Beginning Sept. 1, these sessions will be offered at the Health Department at 3 p.m. every Thursday. For more information, call Michelle Smith: (913) 573-6734.