Baltimore City recently received an $18,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to promote smoking cessation and smoke-free environments for pregnant women and children. The grant comes with evidence from a study recently published in The Lancet, which found that smoking bans appear to be effective in reducing the number of premature births and children’s hospital visits for asthma. As of March 24, it is illegal to smoke in Baltimore parks, playgrounds, and pools.
As part of the grant, B’more for Healthy Babies will be re-launching its “Just Hold Off” Campaign. This campaign, which was originally launched in October 2011, aims to protect pregnant women and babies from second-hand smoke by urging smokers to wait before lighting up around them.
The newly re-launched campaign can be seen around Baltimore beginning in June.
Learn more about B’more for Healthy Babies.