Pregnant smokers

Alabama is among dozens of states targeted in a series of television ads urging pregnant women to stop smoking. The American Legacy Foundation campaign is targeting 426-thousand women who smoke throughout their pregnancy. The ads will ask the women to call a hotline managed by the American Cancer Society where they can receive help from trained counselors. Women who smoke are nearly 70 percent more likely to have low birth weight babies. Maternal smoking has been linked to one in ten infant deaths. In Alabama, 13 percent of pregnant women smoke, including 15 percent of young women aged 15 to 19. The television ads will air in Alabama beginning December 18th.