Call to Action to Reduce Tobacco Use During Pregnancy

SOURCE: Fallin-Bennett, Amanda et al., Call to Action to Reduce Tobacco Use During Pregnancy. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, Volume 48, Issue 5, 563 – 567, doi:

ABSTRACT: Tobacco use is a leading preventable cause of adverse maternal and child health outcomes. However, many women in the United States still report smoking during the third trimester of pregnancy. Smoking rates during pregnancy are particularly high among vulnerable women, such as those who experience mental illness, substance use disorder, homelessness, or interpersonal violence. The Tobacco Control Vaccine is a model based on population-level, evidence-based practices to reduce tobacco use. The four elements of the Tobacco Control Vaccine are access to treatment for tobacco dependence, smoke-free policies, increased tobacco taxes, and media campaigns. The purpose of this commentary is a call to action for health care providers to advocate for increased access to treatment for tobacco dependence; stay up-to-date on innovative, tailored treatment practices; and advocate for comprehensive, smoke-free policies, higher tobacco taxes, and media campaigns to help pregnant women quit smoking and avoid relapse in the postpartum period.

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