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Telephone Counselling for Pregnant Smokers: Essential Elements

  • Sharon E. Cummins (a1), Gary J. Tedeschi (a2), Christopher M. Anderson (a3), Raechelle Quinlan-Downs (a4), Patricia Harris (a5) and Shu-Hong Zhu (a6)...

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Counselling pregnant smokers to quit is as difficult as it is essential. This article discusses a telephone counselling protocol designed to promote tobacco cessation among pregnant smokers. The protocol, validated in a large randomised, controlled trial, addresses three key elements of change for addictive behaviour — motivation, cognition and skill building — in ways tailored to pregnant smokers' unique needs. Details concerning scheduling, counsellor training and broader applicability are also presented.

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*Address for correspondence: Shu-Hong Zhu, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive 0905, La Jolla, CA 92093–0905, USA.

Telephone Counselling for Pregnant Smokers: Essential Elements

  • Sharon E. Cummins (a1), Gary J. Tedeschi (a2), Christopher M. Anderson (a3), Raechelle Quinlan-Downs (a4), Patricia Harris (a5) and Shu-Hong Zhu (a6)...

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