Mayhew, Dionne; Perrin, Karen M.; Struchen, Wendy
January 2002
American Journal of Health Studies;2002, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p186
Academic Journal
Despite reports of the adverse effects, many women continue to smoke while pregnant. Consequently, smoking cessation programs are being implemented to deter maternal cigarette use. Repeated studies have been conducted to determine the most effective way to intervene with this population group. Findings show that individual counseling along with tailored self-help materials have been associated with a reduction in cigarette use among pregnant women. This study presents an analysis of such a program that has been implemented by the Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas, in which 341 women received cessation counseling along with the manual �A Pregnant Woman's Self-Help Guide to Quit Smoking�. The results of this intervention did not detect a significant impact on birth outcomes, however a statistically significant impact was seen on the women's smoking behavior.


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