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Encouraging Smoking Cessation during Pregnancy in West Virginia

Tuesday, September 10, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Tworek C, Horn KA, Anderson RH, Chertok I, Danek RL, Holmes A, Adkins B. W V Med J. 2013 Mar-Apr;109(2):16-21.

This study assessed the feasibility of using the West Virginia Fax-to-Quit program for pregnant women. Providers and staff from three OB/GYN clinics in three adjoining counties received an intensive half-day training program. Recruitment sites screened for smoking status, assessed readiness to quit, and referred consenting participants to the Quitline through the Fax-to-Quit program. Between March and December 2009, 58 referrals were made to the quitline, with 15 women (25.9%) enrolling in Quitline services. Findings indicate that Fax-to-Quit is feasible to engage providers and pregnant smokers with the West Virginia Quitline. The authors conclude that such programs may support cessation through connection of pregnant smokers with Quitline services.

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