When a pregnant woman gives up smoking, the benefits to the fetus can be immediate, said Dr. Diana Lee, a general physician and director of the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity at Bethune-Cookman University.
Lee spoke to The News-Journal about a new program to help pregnant women quit smoking. Pregnant women interested in the program can call Lee at (386) 481 – 2838. The program is free.
How did the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity get involved in helping pregnant women to quit smoking?
The center runs programs based on the three components of health inequity as identified by the World Health Organization – health disparities, social determinants of health, and social justice.
Tobacco actually encompasses all three components.
Babies born from a mother (who smokes) usually have a low birth rate and a high incidence of premature birth.
Smoking cessation is really going to the root of the cause. You improve the mother’s health as well as the fetus.
We started BABY & ME – Tobacco FreeÂ ProgramÂ at the end of March.
We already have five patients. They are doing pretty well.