208. Specific Populations and Other Topics - Pregnant Smokers (Continu

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

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Specific Populations and Other Topics — Pregnant Smokers (Continued)

Clinical practice suggestions for assisting a pregnant patient in stopping smoking

Clinical practiceRationale
Assess pregnant woman's tobacco use status using a multiple-choice question to improve disclosureMany pregnant women deny smoking, and the multiple-choice question format improves disclosure. For example:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your cigarette smoking?
  • I smoke regularly now-about the same as before finding out I was pregnant.
  • I smoke regularly now, but I've cut down since I found out I was pregnant.
  • I smoke every once in a while.
  • I have quit smoking since finding out I was pregnant.
  • I wasn't smoking around the time I found out I was pregnant, and I don't currently smoke cigarettes.
Congratulate those smokers who have quit on their own.To encourage continued abstinence.


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Internet Citation: 208. Specific Populations and Other Topics - Pregnant Smokers (Continu: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. June 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/clinicians/presentations/2008update-full/slide208.html