Tobacco smoking in pregnancy remains one of the few preventable factors associated with complications in pregnancy, low birth weight, preterm birth and has serious long-term health implications for women and babies. Smoking in pregnancy is decreasing in high-income countries and increasing in low- to middle-income countries and is strongly associated with poverty, low educational attainment, poor social support and psychological illness.

Knox County Health Department along with Smoke-Free Knoxville will be hosting an educational tobacco-free community baby shower to bring light onto this important topic. This shower will help kick off Knox County Health Department’s new Tobacco Settlement Grant and focus on smoking cessation during pregnancy. The first planning committee meeting will be June 28 at 1:00 p.m. If you would like to take part in planning this fun event please send an email to


**Research from The Cochrane Library