Smoke-Free Families: Innovations to Stop Smoking During and Beyond Pregnancy

An RWJF National Program

In 1994, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) began a multifaceted effort to reduce the incidence of smoking among pregnant women, and to help these women remain tobacco free after they delivered their babies. Titled Smoke-Free Families: Innovations to Stop Smoking During and Beyond Pregnancy, this RWJF national program continued into 2008. It led to the National Partnership to Help Pregnant Smokers Quit, to build market demand for the interventions studied.

Results

  • Smoke-Free Families sponsored 42 studies of interventions to help pregnant women quit smoking and remain smoke free.

  • The program disseminated the results by creating a coalition of more than 60 organizations and developing almost 70 products.

  • Through a combination of research and research dissemination, the program contributed to an overall decline in the incidence of smoking among pregnant women from between 15 percent and 20 percent at the start of Smoke-Free Families in 1994 to 10 percent in 2004.

The work of the Smoke-Free Families national program office, its national dissemination office and the National Partnership to Help Pregnant Smokers Quit has been showcased in many venues, including national and international conferences, scientific journals and RWJF publications. This report serves as a guide to the program by summarizing the theoretical approach and logic model, highlighting the program's activities and results and providing a comprehensive bibliography of all available Smoke-Free Families products.