Preventing postpartum smoking relapse:An opportunity for neonatal nurses

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Smoking during pregnancy and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke have harmful and sometimes devastating effects on the health of the newborn. Although interventions for smoking cessation during pregnancy demonstrate effectiveness for increasing smoking abstinence, the majority of women relapse in the postpartum period. However, modifying contributing factors for relapse may improve the success of sustained abstinence. Many parents are eager to quit smoking and willing to participate in smoking cessation interventions. Through a population-based approach to healthcare, neonatal nurses are in an ideal position to prevent relapse and to promote smoking abstinence; they can coordinate and lead efforts for establishing smoking cessation strategies that integrate obstetric, newborn, and pediatric services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-155
Number of pages8
JournalAdvances in Neonatal Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Infants
  • Neonatal nurses
  • Neonates
  • Postpartum relapse
  • Smoking
  • Tobacco prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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