Cigarette smoking and the intention to quit among pregnant smokers

Kent E. Hutchison, Vivian M. Stevens, Frank L. Collins

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Research has demonstrated that smoking during pregnancy has deleterious effects on the health of the unborn child as well as the mother. The present study examined whether pregnant smokers would have a greater intention to quit smoking, whether the stage of pregnancy would influence the intention to quit, and whether variables which have predicted cessation among pregnant smokers would also predict intention to quit. The results indicated that pregnant women did not have a significantly greater intention to quit smoking compared to nonpregnant smokers, despite the health risks to their child. Women who were further along in their pregnancy and women who smoked more cigarettes on a daily basis demonstrated the least intention to quit. Notably, women in the first trimester showed the greatest intention to quit, suggesting that pregnant women may be most receptive to quitting during their first trimester.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-316
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996


  • intention
  • pregnancy
  • smoking cessation


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