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Safe Sleep: Smoke Free Environment

If you have a new baby and you or someone in your home smokes, there’s no better time than to quit right now. There should be no smoking around your baby. Ever. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are two to three times more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related deaths.  Exposure to secondhand smoke can also lead to breathing and respiratory problems for infants and toddlers (i.e. asthma, ear infections and upper respiratory infections).

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To avoid these and other potential health issues associated with smoking, your baby should always sleep in a smoke-free environment.

It can be hard to quit, especially for people who have been smoking for many years. But, there are a lot of great programs and support groups that can provide what you need to become smoke-free. If you need help quitting, visit http://delawell.delaware.gov/smoking.shtml. It’ll help you and your baby breathe a lot easier.