Smoking Cessation and Relapse Prevention during Pregnancy and Continuing Care Postpartum

In spite of the well-established negative health implications of tobacco smoking during pregnancy on mother and unborn child, 15.4% of pregnant women report smoking in the past month. Approximately one-third of women who smoke prior to pregnancy quit spontaneously during pregnancy, but up to 60% relapse within the first six months postpartum. This presentation will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of current smoking cessation interventions offered during pregnancy and the need for continuing care postpartum.

Dr. Coleman-Cowger is a Clinical Psychologist and Principal Research Scientist with Battelle’s Public Health Center for Tobacco Research in Baltimore, MD. Her research interests are in women’s health, substance use, mental health, and health disparities. She has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, holds faculty appointments at the University of Maryland Baltimore and American University, and maintains a collaborative relationship with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

The Innovative Discoveries Series, sponsored by the Delaware Clinical & Translational Science ACCEL program and the Christiana Care Value Institute, features informal presentations on topics relevant to current research and healthcare practice, led by knowledgeable and experienced presenters. There are offerings for researchers, healthcare providers, and community members of varying levels of experience.

These free talks are held Fridays at noon at Christiana Hospital but can be viewed from your home or office computer. Earn CMEs by participating in-person or online. Lunch is served and all are welcome to attend.

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  • Victoria H. Coleman-Cowger, PhD