RACHEL'S HAZARDOUS WASTE NEWS #4
---December 22, 1986---
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DOCTORS OFFER NEW WAY TO HELP PREGNANT WOMEN KICK CIGARETTES.
Two Pennsylvania physicians offer $100 discounts to patients who quit smoking during pregnancy, citing
evidence that babies born to mothers who smoke are usually smaller than normal. The doctors, from
Parkside--a suburb of Philadelphia--report some success in their effort. Of about 100 patients who were
smoking at the time, 75 took them up on their discount offer and pledged to stop smoking and 40 of those 75
were successful in quitting. The doctors, Irving A. Mann and Robert W. Haggerty, said they would
continue the program and hope the percentages will improve over the years. Dr. Mann said he thought they
got larger and healthier babies as a result.