Assessing the influence of health confidantes on reducing smoking and tobacco exposure during pregnancy

The Foundation's program, Smoke-Free Families: Innovations to Stop Smoking During and Beyond Pregnancy, was designed as a multi-component strategy to improve current clinical practice and advance the field into the next generation of smoking cessation techniques for childbearing women.This grant supports a study that will pilot an intervention to mobilize social support for quitting smoking and decreasing exposure to environmental tobacco smoke during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Correlational studies have suggested that social support is related to cessation, but interventions to mobilize support, usually among partners or co-workers, have met with little success. This study will target the pregnant woman's health confidante as a source of support. Pregnancy may be a time when the woman is more open to persuasion and the health confidante may be particularly influential since she is already a source of advice.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $250,000.00

Awarded on: 8/27/2004

Time frame: 9/1/2004 - 12/31/2006

Grant Number: 51798


University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Mayo Mail Code 197
420 Delaware Street, S.E.
Minneapolis, 55455-0381


Deborah Hennrikus
Project Director