First success for program to help pregnant Florida smokers

Posted at 9:09 AM, Nov 24, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A program created to help expecting mothers stop smoking during pregnancy is celebrating its first success in central Florida.

A Florida Department of Health news release says Root Leandra Gregory was born healthy and tobacco free last month. Her mother, Holly Gregory, participated in the Baby & Me Tobacco Free program, which launched in Volusia County earlier this year.

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With the goal of helping 10 pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit, the roster quickly filled. Currently 16 moms are enrolled, and 12 have quit smoking.

Gregory's husband, Jonny, also gave up tobacco. He is the first partner to quit smoking through the program. Holly smoked for ten years, and Jonny smoked for 12 years.