The difference not smoking makes! –
A new study from the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus found that low-income mothers enrolled in the Baby & Me Tobacco Free program in Colorado saw preterm births drop between 24 and 28 percent. For these mothers, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admissions also fell, between 25 and 55 percent.
“Those are some pretty striking impacts of the program,” said Tessa Crume, an epidemiologist and the lead researcher on the study. The study found the Baby & Me Tobacco Free program saved the state between $1.4 million and $4.1 million each year when looking at the average Medicaid reimbursement cost for low-weight births and preterm births, which in 2017 was $121,597 and $50,423, respectively.
Researchers say Colorado could save $6 million and $16 million if all women susceptible to such birth complications were part of the program.