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 Program Contacts

Angela Newman-White MA
216.201.2000 ext 1517
Richard Stacklin M.Ed
Data Analyst
216.201.2000 ext 1604


Smoking while pregnant is dangerous for both the mother and the baby. The risks include birth defects, premature birth and other complications during pregnancy.

Over the past 25 years, premature births have been identified as the leading cause of infant deaths in Cuyahoga County.

A 2018 study showed that women in Cuyahoga County  who reported smoking during pregnancy were 70% more likely to have a preterm birth than women who did not report smoking during pregnancy.

Black non-Hispanic and white non-Hispanic pregnant women who reported smoking during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have a very preterm birth, meaning the baby was born at less than 32 weeks instead of a full term of 37 or more weeks.


Learn more about the health effects of smoking while pregnant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Visit our Maternal Child Health page for information about staying healthy before, during and after pregnancy.




If you want to quit smoking, there is free help available through the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1.800.784.8669) and visit the Ohio Department of Health website.

The Ohio QuitLogix Online Tobacco Use Cessation Program is available to all Ohioans age 18 or older (or younger with parental permission).

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