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DOH-Volusia - New Smyrna Beach Mom Gives Son Tobacco-Free Home

April 03, 2019

New Smyrna Beach, Fla. - A former smoker has worked to create a smoke-free environment for her baby. Jennifer Williams is the sixth graduate of the Department of Health in Volusia County's (DOH-Volusia) Baby & Me Tobacco Free program.

As soon as she learned she was pregnant, Jennifer decided to become tobacco free. She never missed a session and was very determined to quit smoking and create a tobacco-free life for her family. Sixteen sessions and nearly two years later, Jennifer remains tobacco free.

"Having an in-person support system made it easier to get through and gave me something to look forward to each month," Jennifer said.

DOH-Volusia launched its Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program in the spring of 2016 to improve health outcomes of pregnant women who use tobacco and their babies. The program aims to reduce the risk of pre-term and low birth-weight babies, decrease pregnancy complications associated with tobacco use, and reduce tobacco-related respiratory issues for the baby and other children in the home.

More than 20 babies have been born tobacco free through the program. Currently nearly two dozen women are actively participating. The program is offered at three sites: the Odessa Chambliss Center For Health Equity at Bethune-Cookman University and DOH-Volusia locations in New Smyrna Beach and Orange City.

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