Perception of smoking-related health consequences among pregnant and non-pregnant women

Am J Addict. Nov-Dec 2007;16(6):521-7. doi: 10.1080/10550490701643088.


The objective was to examine the perception of smoking-related health consequences and its relationship to pregnancy and intent to quit. Over a two-week period, pregnant and non-pregnant women, intending and not intending to quit smoking, rated the probability for smoking-related health consequences to occur, given continuing to smoke and quitting smoking. Pregnant women who did not intend to quit smoking exhibited the lowest estimated probability for the smoking-related health consequences to occur if they continued smoking. For all women, there was a statistically significant estimated effect of quitting smoking. Renewed attention needs to be given to perceptions of health risks of smoking, especially among pregnant women.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Bulgaria / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Judgment
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*
  • Pregnancy Complications / psychology*
  • Prevalence
  • Probability
  • Risk-Taking
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires