SIDS Program Manual SIDS & Infant Death Program Manual and Trainer's Guide Trainer's Guide

What is SIDS?

Non-Modifiable Risk Factors

Risk Factors

Maternal Smoking

It is important for SUID/SIDS programs to address smoking because after sleep position, exposure to smoke during pregnancy is the most important modifiable risk factor for SIDS. In addition, low birth weight births, preterm deliveries and perinatal deaths are linked to smoking during pregnancy. Smoking is the most important modifiable cause of poor pregnancy outcome.

Expanded efforts to educate and promote smoking cessation are critical for pregnant women. Due to the recent litigation with the tobacco industry and the resulting financial settlements, there are expanded national resources to assist State and local program staff addressing smoking during pregnancy.

Programs such as Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Smoke-Free Families and other public health campaigns have been able to implement successful smoking cessation programs and educational-awareness efforts on the harmful effects of smoking resulting in a decrease in the number of women who smoke during pregnancy.

To be most effective, collaborate with a coalition in your area. Contact the local branch of health organizations such as the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or American Lung Association. They can let you know about groups you can join in your area, and they may already have begun efforts to tackle the problem of secondhand smoke in your community. For more information on collaborating, see Chapter 6: Partnerships and Collaborations.