Maintenance of nonsmoking postpartum by women who stopped smoking during pregnancy

Am J Public Health. 1990 Aug;80(8):992-4. doi: 10.2105/ajph.80.8.992.


This paper describes self-reported maintenance of nonsmoking at six months postpartum by women whose abstinence was verified beginning before the 20th week of pregnancy and continuing through delivery (n = 134). The overall maintenance rate of 37 percent was not related to sociodemographic characteristics, smoking and obstetric history, the time when quitting occurred, or a prenatal smoking cessation program. Although this rate is encouraging, more attention should be directed to sustaining prenatal abstinence from smoking beyond delivery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Postpartum Period*
  • Pregnancy*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Socioeconomic Factors