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Session helps mothers-to-be quit smoking

A free program directed toward pregnant women and women of child of bearing age who smoke is being held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Sterling Bank in White Salmon.

The session starts May 17 and will be held each Tuesday through June 14.

Free child care is also available.

The five-week program offers attendees a quit plan. One of the relaxation techniques included in this free program is a wellness procedure similar to acupuncture.

Health risks for mothers and their babies significantly increase for women who smoke before, during and after pregnancy.

The U.S. Surgeon General released a report in May 2004, stating the dangers are even more serious than had been reported in the past.

Women who smoke have a higher risk of never becoming pregnant. Women who smoke during pregnancy have a greater chance of complications like premature birth and stillbirth. Babies of mothers who smoke before and after giving birth are three to four times more likely to die from SIDS.

Preregistration for the classes is required. Call 493-6234.

The program is provided by Klickitat County Health Department, The March of Dimes, and Occupational Health Education.


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