MADISON (WKOW) – State health officials say at least 13 percent of pregnant women smoke in Wisconsin and they are trying to help them kick the habit.
Health administrators say the percentage of women who smoke in Wisconsin during pregnancy is higher than the national average of 9 percent.
The Wisconsin Division of Public Health says smoking while pregnant can cause many complications, including miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
The state's First Breath program provides counseling to pregnant women who want to quit smoking. Badger Care Plus members who are pregnant and smoke may be eligible to participate in the Striving to Quit program, which offers case incentives to help them quit.
September is national infant mortality month.
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