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Local group trying to help women quit smoking while pregnant

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You've probably heard that Indiana is among the states with highest smoking rates, but did you know that rates of women smoking while pregnant are also high? 

Smokefree Communities is hosting a workshop this morning they're hoping will help bring that number down.

In Indiana 17 percent of pregnant women smoke-- that's nearly twice the national average.

In Vanderburgh County that number is even higher with 22 percent of expectant mothers smoking. 

Some local health care providers and health advocates want to change that number with a free workshop Tuesday morning.

It will show participants effective tools and techniques for quitting, as well let them hear some inspiring success stories.

That will take place in the Health Professions Building at USI starting at 9 o'clock this morning.

Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to a number of negative physical and mental outcomes. 

Including premature birth, low birth weight, asthma and problems with learning and reading.

For resources from the Indiana Perinatal Network on how to quit click here.

Or you can call Indiana's tobacco Quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW

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