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Health officials warn of the dangers of smoking while pregnant

A pregnant woman stands on a scale before receiving a prenatal exam at the Maternity Outreach Mobile in Phoenix
A pregnant woman stands on a scale before receiving a prenatal exam at the Maternity Outreach Mobile in Phoenix

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Wisconsin health officials are starting a new campaign to get pregnant women to stop smoking. According to government figures, at least 13-percent of Wisconsin women smoke while they're pregnant. That's higher than the national average of 9-percent. The state's public health division says smoking while pregnant can lead to a number of complications for the women and the babies they're carrying. They include miscarriage, birth defects, premature birth, low-weight babies, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The state offers a First Breath program with counseling to help pregnant women kick the smoking habit. Those on Badger-Care-Plus can get cash incentives for quitting, under the Striving-to-Quit program. The programs are highlighted as part of National Infant Mortality Month.

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