Postpartum Smoking Abstinence and Smoke-Free Environments

Kristin Ashford, Ellen Hahn, Lynne Hall, Ann R. Peden, Mary Kay Rayens

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The purpose of this exploratory study was to describe factors that contribute to successful postpartum smoking abstinence among women who quit smoking during pregnancy. Research questions addressed the primary motivators and lifestyle characteristics of women who do not return to postpartum smoking. Participants were recruited from a feasibility study (N = 16) based on their ability to remain smoke free for at least 6 months following delivery. Individual interviews were analyzed using content analysis strategies. Women's narratives described the process of postpartum smoking abstinence. Four themes emerged: (a) child's health as the primary motivator, (b) demanding a smoke-free home or environment, (c) smoking perception changes from one of primarily comfort to one of disgust, and (d) viewing abstinence as a lifelong change. Clinical implications include educating families about the effects of smoke-free environments on the health of their children while redirecting smoking habits with healthy behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-134
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • postpartum
  • pregnancy
  • secondhand smoke (SHS)
  • smoking abstinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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