Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

New Parents Are More Accepting of Cessation Efforts

March
2010

A recent study found that expecting parents who are informed of the harmful effects of smoking just prior to delivery and during the postpartum hospital stay were almost three times more likely to attempt cessation than those receiving no information. In the study, one group received no extra contact, while the other was visited during the postpartum hospital stay and invited to enroll in a  telephone counseling program. The birth of a child can be both a joyous occasion as well as a "teachable moment."