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New Program Helps Pregnant Women Stop Smoking

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Florida health officials are celebrating the first baby born to a mother who enrolled in a state program that helps pregnant women stop smoking.

Both Root Leandra Gregory's mother and father quit smoking through the "Baby & Me Tobacco Free" program, which was launched last April at Bethune-Cookman University. The goal was to enroll 10 women but 16 signed up. Twelve have quit smoking. Mothers are tested for tobacco use and those who stay tobacco free get a monthly $25 voucher for diapers for a year.

New parents Holly and Jonny Gregory said they quit smoking so their daughter would live in a healthy environment. Florida is one of 18 states with the program.