smoking, pregnancy, and babies

Vaping and Nicotine Addiction

What Parents Need to Know

Smoking and your child

What Parents Need to Know

about vaping, tobacco,
and marijuana use

The Facts

The health risks of smoking, vaping, using chewing tobacco, and exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke are serious. According to the American Medical Association, “tobacco use is
the No. 1 cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States.”

Smoking during pregnancy is harmful to you and your baby. Quitting at any time during your pregnancy—especially in the early stages—is one of the best things you can do for your baby’s health. Get the facts about smoking and pregnancy and learn how to become, and stay, smokefree for you and your family.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately 90 percent of all smokers start before age 18  —
and that the average age for a new smoker is 13. Young people
need to be informed about the facts about smoking and the addictive qualities of nicotine from multiple sources. Parents are the most important source and have the most impact, but teachers, school counselors, family members, and friends can also be helpful.

How to Help Someone Quit Smoking
Chemicals in Tobacco Products and Your Health
Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke
Thirdhand Smoke – Harmful Even After Smoking Stops
How Can Smoking Harm Your Baby?
Stay Smoke Free for a Healthy Child
Marijuana and California Youth – Trends and Impacts
The Facts About Recreational Marijuana Use
Quick Facts – Risks of Vaping for Kids, Teens, & Young Adults

Ready to Quit?


If you would like help to quit smoking, vaping, or using smokeless tobacco, or if you want to help someone you care about quit, call 800.300.8086 (English) or 800.600.8191 (Spanish), or visit Kick It California and choose your approach and start quitting today.
All services are available in English and Spanish.

Kick It California is California’s statewide cessation service and partners with First 5 California to decrease tobacco-related disease and death. They offer a range of services, all completely free of charge, from one-on-one Quit Coaching to text programs and self-help materials.

Here are some FREE materials to help you QUIT — available in English and Spanish from Kick It California

Quit Vids

Watch these short videos from Kick It California to get simple yet practical tips
for planning, staying motivated, and handling cravings.

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