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Hopkins Co. receives grant for program to help pregnant women quit smoking

HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) -

Hopkins County is one of three counties in Kentucky to receive money for a new program to help pregnant women quit smoking.

The program is called ‘Giving Infants and Families Tobacco Free Starts.'

The Hopkins County Health Department say Kentucky ranks high when it comes to pregnant smokers.

The health department received part of a $140,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation. The money will go towards educational material and different programs to encourage pregnant women to quit.

“For a lot of people, tobacco or cigarettes is a coping mechanism, so being able to sit down and talk to every mother and to figure out how we can help her deal with her triggers and find health ways to deal with it, not to go for a cigarette,” said Leann Langston with Baptist Health Madisonville.

She says smoking while pregnant can cause a lot of harm to the child, before and after birth.

The program is expected to start soon at Baptist Health Madisonville.

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