Smoke-Free Pregnancy (Tobacco and Cannabis)

Tobacco and Pregnancy

Are you pregnant and finding it hard to stop smoking?

Quitting smoking is the most important step you can take to improve your health and protect the health of your unborn child. A smoke-free environment is best for you and your developing baby.

Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy creates serious health risks for both mom and baby.

You may have heard that quitting smoking during pregnancy can be harmful. This is a myth! Quitting is always the best choice. It is never too late in your pregnancy to quit; quitting at any time will improve your health and the health of your baby.

Staying quit after pregnancy is just as important.

If you want help to quit smoking, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. You can also call the Newfoundland and Labrador Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-363-5864.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can be considered if counseling alone does not work. To find out if this is an option for you, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or other health-care provider.

Cannabis and Pregnancy

Using cannabis during pregnancy can affect an unborn fetus can lead to lower birth weight.

  • Longer-term cannabis use during pregnancy has been shown to be associated with developmental effects in children and adolescents.
  • Just like alcohol, there is no known safe amount of cannabis to use during pregnancy. (Health Canada, 2018)

Services related to this information:

Smokers’ Helpline Newfoundland and Labrador – 1-800-363-5864

811 HealthLine (Newfoundland & Labrador) – Call 811 or 1-888-709-2929 / TTY 1-888-709-3555

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