Committee opinion no. 471: Smoking cessation during pregnancy

Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Nov;116(5):1241-4. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3182004fcd.


Smoking is the one of the most important modifiable causes of poor pregnancy outcomes in the United States, and is associated with maternal, fetal, and infant morbidity and mortality. The physical and psychologic addiction to cigarettes is powerful; however, the compassionate intervention of the obstetrician–gynecologist can be the critical element in prenatal smoking cessation. An office-based protocol that systematically identifies pregnant women who smoke and offers treatment or referral has been proved to increase quit rates. A short counseling session with pregnancy-specific educational materials and a referral to the smokers’ quit line is an effective smoking cessation strategy. The 5A’s is an office-based intervention developed to be used under the guidance of trained practitioners to help pregnant women quit smoking. Knowledge of the use of the 5A’s, health care support systems, and pharmacotherapy add to the techniques providers can use to support perinatal smoking cessation.

MeSH terms

  • Directive Counseling*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control*
  • Prenatal Care*
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*