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An Intervention to Support Postpartum Women to Quit Smoking or Remain Smoke-Free

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  • Jochen René Thyrian PhD,

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    • Jochen René Thyrian, PhD, Dipl-Psych, certified Motivational Interviewing (MI)-counselor, is with the University of Greifswald. He currently engages in teaching MI.

  • Wolfgang Hannöver PhD,

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    • Wolfgang Hannöver, PhD, Dipl-Psych, is an MI counselor with a specialization in counseling pregnant women with regard to smoking.

  • Julia Grempler Dipl-Psych,

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    • Julia Grempler, Dipl-Psych, is a certified MI counselor. She works for the Institute of Community Medicine.

  • Kathrin Röske Dipl-Psych,

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    • Kathrin Röske, Dipl-Psych, is a certified MI counselor currently engaged in research about the improvement of addiction treatment in general practices.

  • Ulrich John PhD,

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    • Ulrich John, PhD, Dipl-Psych, is the head of the Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine.

  • Ulfert Hapke PhD

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    • Ulfert Hapke, PhD, Dipl-Psych, Dipl Soz-päd., MI trainer, is the head of the research group “Early Intervention” at the Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine.


Jochen René Thyrian, Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald, Walther-Rathenau-Str. 48, 17489 Greifswald, Germany. E-mail: thyrian@uni-greifswald.de

Abstract

Effectiveness studies among pregnant and postpartum women indicate that pregnancy and the postpartum period provide a window of opportunity to promote smoking cessation and smoke-free families. Yet, there is a lack of information about interventions that are portable to routine care. The goal of this article is to describe the structure, basic strategies, and the application of a smoking cessation and relapse prevention intervention for postpartum women in the general population. By using the stages of change concept and motivational interviewing, a classification of current and former smokers is given, and basic strategies and techniques are described to counsel women postpartum with regard to smoking.

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