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Department of Health Offers Prenatal Smoking Cessation Program

By Gretchen Smith

August 16, 2018

Bunnell, Fla. -- To improve the health of local moms and their newborn babies, the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County (DOH-Flagler) recently launched a program called Quit4Me.  

"The new program is a logical addition to the services we offer pregnant women," said Robert Snyder, Health Department administrator. "Since we want them to quit smoking now and stay tobacco free after baby is born, we are giving them information and tools to make this possible and free diapers as an added incentive."

Quit4Me mirrors other successful smoking cessation efforts throughout the state. The program reminds program women why it’s important to break the nicotine habit and commit to quit. Enrollment and participation is free. Four local women completed the department’s most recent class. Each received free nicotine patches to help them take the first step.

The next Quit4Me session is set for Tuesday, September 25 from 1 to 3PM at DOH-Flagler, 301 Dr. Carter Blvd. in Bunnell. After completing the class, participants can report back to the DOH to be tested for tobacco use. If they successfully quit smoking and remain smoke-free after delivering, the moms can receive a free box of diapers each month for up to a year. Partners and anyone living in the same home are encouraged to participate to ensure a healthier environment for the babies.

New and expectant mothers interested in breaking their tobacco habits are encouraged to call DOH-Flagler at 386-437-7350 ext. 7107 and attend the session on September 25.

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For information about the local health department, go to flagler.floridahealth.gov, call 386-437-7350, or visit us at 301 Dr. Carter Blvd. in Bunnell.