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Coxhealth Offers Free Smoking Cessation Classes for Pregnant Women, Partners

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – CoxHealth will host a free Freedom From Smoking course beginning Sept. 26 for pregnant women and their significant others who smoke.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – CoxHealth will host a free Freedom From Smoking course beginning Sept. 26 for pregnant women and their significant others who smoke.


In a press release, CoxHealth urges women who may smoke or have contact with second-hand smoke to experience this free event, which partners with the American Lung Association.


“The dangers of cigarette smoke to an unborn child are well-documented,” said Denise Vaughan, nurse educator for the CoxHealth Women’s Center. “We also know that many women return to smoking as soon as they deliver and we want to do everything we can to help mothers and their significant others quit smoking for good.”


According to the release, research has shown that smoking doubles the risk of placenta problems, which have the potential to put the mother and baby in danger.  Cigarette smoke can also slow the baby’s growth, increasing the likelihood the child will be born with a low birth weight, increase the chances of a premature birth, and increases the chances two-fold of infant death by SIDS.


“There is no question that quitting smoking is best for baby. But it’s important to remember that it’s best for a family’s long-term health, too,” said Vaughan.


Here are the details of the class:


When:  The Freedom From Smoking course will be offered as a seven-week session beginning on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6-7 p.m.  


Where:  Classes will be held in room 006 at Olin Library on the Drury University campus, 900 N. Benton Ave., Springfield, Mo. 


Parking:  Participants may park along Drury Lane and Burnham Circle, and in lots #1 and #2 at the corner of Durry Lane and Centeral St. 


Registration is required for this program, which is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.


To register, or for more information, call 417-269-LADY.

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