How do we help more women quit smoking in pregnancy?
Associate Professor Lisa Smithers
The University of Adelaide
Of all the exposures during pregnancy, effects of smoking are amongst the most damaging to the infant. Smoking increases stillbirth, perinatal health and harms continue into childhood.
In Adelaide’s north, South Australia’s most concentrated area of disadvantage, approximately 25% of pregnant women smoke and only one fifth quit during pregnancy. The health system response of referral’s to Quit counselling clearly doesn’t work for most pregnant women who smoke. This project involves better understanding pregnant women’s perspectives on smoking and which smoking cessation strategies might work for them. This work will enhance antenatal care and our ability to help women quit.