What is it about?

In the United States, there is a paucity of population-based studies of pregnant women with mental illness that compare the probability of cigarette smoking cessation by trimester of pregnancy and examine the relationship between the receipt of mental health treatment and cigarette smoking cessation. Secondary analysis of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2008-2014 indicated that pregnant lifetime-smokers with mental illness are less likely to quit smoking than those without mental illness; overall, pregnant women tended to quit smoking as they progressed in their pregnancy. The receipt of mental health treatment was not associated with smoking cessation.

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Why is it important?

Mental health care providers need to screen for cigarette use among pregnant women and strengthen smoking cessation efforts. Further studies are needed to address factors related to cigarette smoking cessation as well as sustaining abstinence in pregnant women with mental illness.


Let’s not miss the chance! Pregnancy is a unique opportunity for healthcare providers to screen for mental health issues and smoking behaviors. I hope this article gives insight into the importance of supporting pregnant women’s efforts to quit smoking, regardless of their mental health status.

Taghreed Salameh
Koc Universitesi

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This page is a summary of: Cigarette smoking cessation and mental health treatment receipt in a U.S national sample of pregnant women with mental illness, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, November 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12731.
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