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Perinatal Smoking Cessation Program (PSCP)

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Cigarette smoking during pregnancy has been identified as one of the most significant factors contributing to poor pregnancy outcomes (i.e., miscarriage, premature delivery, stillbirth and low birth weight). Women who quit before or during pregnancy can reduce or eliminate these risks. Despite the well-documented maternal, fetal and infant health effects of smoking during pregnancy, 17.8 percent (2010 Vital Statistics) of births in Ohio were to mothers who smoked.

The Perinatal Smoking Cessation Program is working with national, state and local partners to reduce the prevalence of smoking among women of reproductive age, including pregnant women. Through its Ohio Partners for Smoke-Free Families Initiative the aim is to increase the adoption, reach and impact of evidence-based behavioral cessation strategies for reproductive-aged women /pregnant smokers.  

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Ohio Partners for Smoke-Free Families is promoting the 5 A’s evidence-based smoking cessation intervention released by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service in its Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Guidelines: 2008 Update, available online at:

Support from health care providers has been proven highly effective in helping smokers quit. The 5 A’s office-based intervention incorporates health education with behavior modification and is appropriate for use during routine health care visits. By implementing these five steps: Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange, health care providers can systematically identify women who smoke, advise them to quit, assess their willingness to make a quit attempt and assist them with ways to quit.

Ohio Partners for Smoke-Free Families ensures:

  • Health care systems are in place to screen all women of reproductive age, including pregnant women for tobacco use and all reproductive-aged women/ pregnant smokers receive best practice cessation intervention.
  • Health care providers who work with women of reproductive age including pregnant women, have the tools, training and technical assistance needed to treat smokers effectively.

Ohio Partners for Smoke-Free Families is currently working with Child and Family Health Service Program Direct Care sites and  Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infant and Children sites throughout Ohio.

Program Contact Information:


Dyane Gogan Turner, Child and Family Health Services Program Supervisor

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Child and Family Health Services
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone:  (614) 644-4684
Fax:  (614) 644-9850


Last Reviewed: 7/3/14