At New Concept Self Development Center we know, first-hand, the impact one of our early and ongoing programs—Each One, Reach One—can have on a community. And, because of the merits of this concept, I would like to challenge the African American community this month—which is Infant Mortality Awareness Month—to commit to reaching one person to encourage him or her to stop smoking. Why? Studies have shown that secondhand smoke is a contributing factor in infant mortality.
There are many other reasons why parents sometimes lose their precious babies, some of which cannot be helped. But, when we have studies to support that one contributing factor to infant mortality can be avoided, why not commit to remove or overcome it?
Research shows that secondhand smoke contributes to low birth weight in babies, which sometimes leads to infant mortality. Also, research supports that some instances of infant mortality can be linked to Sudden Infant Syndrome (SIDS).
Far too many in our community are already struggling with health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. I challenge you to do one thing to help close the health disparity gap and increase the well-being of our children: stop smoking. Giving up tobacco products and ensuring that your home is smoke free is something YOU can control. It is not easy, but there are programs and services available to help you quit smoking so that you can give your child a better chance at growing up healthy!
Join me this month, in raising awareness about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke that we pass onto our children and babies. Let us celebrate life and work to prevent loss of life.