Making the Smoking Cessation Guideline a Routine Part of Prenatal Care

Disseminating the best practice intervention for smoking cessation during pregnancy

From April 2000 through September 2005, project staff at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) spearheaded an effort to establish the U.S. Public Health Service's smoking cessation guideline (the 5 A's), published in 2000, as a routine part of prenatal care for all pregnant women in the United States.

Key Results: Project staff:

  • Developed a guide and toolkit to help physicians implement the smoking-cessation intervention in clinical practice.
  • Worked with professional organizations to amend the medical school and the obstetrics and gynecological residency curricula to emphasize smoking-cessation interventions with pregnant women.
  • Supported state-level groups in training clinicians.

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