South Georgia health advocates want all the moms in our area to put an end to their tobacco habits this Mother's Day weekend.
For many years now, health advocates have been urging all smokers to kick their habit.
Progress has been made, but a new study shows that 20 percent of all Georgia women still smoke. Children of smoking moms say that needs to change.
"Smoking just doesn't affect moms, but the entire family through secondhand smoke," said Melissa McNicol, the daughter of a smoking mother.
Tobacco use prevention experts say getting this message out on Mother's Day is actually perfect timing, because mom won't see it as some kind of criticism, but rather as caring advice from a family member.
"I think Mother's Day is a great opportunity, and I don't think it's too invasive for the mom being told, ‘hey, I love you and this what I'd like for you to do, to live longer, happier life, and be around longer with me,’ " shared Kenyarda Moore with South Health District.
To help more moms stop smoking, Georgia's Tobacco Quit Line has been expanded, now available from 8 a.m. until midnight, so moms who want to quit can get free help and advise, all by calling a free number. That number is 877-270-STOP.
The health experts say moms who can extinguish their tobacco use are helping themselves and their families.
Leaders with the South Health District say they are also planning a similar "stop smoking campaign" for Father’s Day in just a few months.
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