Utah County moms beating smoking addictions with 'Baby Steps'

Utah County moms beating smoking addictions with 'Baby Steps'

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Utah County moms, trying to beat smoking addictions, are getting help from the Utah County Health Department. The program is called baby steps, but it is making a huge difference.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Utah County moms, trying to beat smoking addictions, are getting help from the Utah County Health Department. The program is called baby steps, but it is making a huge difference.

Crystal Covington told ABC4Utah's Emily Clark, "Helping my baby is worth it to me."

After years of the addiction, Crystal and Rachel stopped smoking.

Crystal said, "It makes me happy to know I was able to do that for my son and I will be able to continue to do that to keep him healthy."

Crystal's baby will come in July and with the Baby Steps Program, she has been smoke free since she discovered she was pregnant.

Rebecca shared a similar story, "I started smoking since I was 12 and smoking ever since."

She had tried to quit, but the addiction was too strong.

Rebecca said, "it was just the craving and need for nicotine, it's like your body wants it."

She couldn't beat the addiction, until she got help from the Baby Steps Program.

Rebecca said, "I'm doing this for my little baby boy of mine and knowing that he is going to be getting diapers and help."

Through education, accountability and incentives Janae Letterman is empowering women in Utah County to protect their babies.

Janae said, "Most of them want to change, they want to quit."

While the women want to quit, they need help. Jenae makes monthly visits checking to see if the women are smoke free. She uses a breathalyser to test and make sure the women are smoke free, if they are they are rewarded with vouchers for diapers.

But the reward is bigger than that. The women feel better and are protecting their children and families.

Utah County is the only in the state with a program, just like this one. Janae is hopeful the rest of the state will soon follow suit.




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