Smoking harms nearly every organ in your body and can lead to serious health problems. Nicotine can be in breastmilk which can also affect your baby. Even if you don’t smoke, if you live with people who do, their smoking can hurt your baby. Creating a smoke-free environment in your home will keep your baby healthy.
Second-hand smoke (which is the smoke that comes off of cigarettes) has been linked to breathing problems, asthma, and other health issues in babies and children. If you live with people who smoke, your baby might also be exposed to third-hand smoke which is the residue that can last on the carpet or drapes as well as furniture. When the residue comes in contact with other indoor pollution, it can be harmful to your baby. Even if you do not smoke, you might want to ask other people not to smoke around your baby.
If you or someone you live with needs help with quitting, please call 1-866-NEW-LUNG or 1- 800-NO-BUTTS. If you want to quit smoking, you can also talk to your doctor about making a plan to stop smoking.