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Resources Library – Quit Smoking: Pregnancy

Among the best things all expectant mothers can do to ensure the health of their unborn child is to eliminate all forms of tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke.

There are also many helpful resources under our Quit-Smoking – Adults page.

Help to Quit Smoking for Expectant Mothers

Brochure – Breathing for Two – Smoking While Pregnant – New Brunswick Lung Association

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your health and protect the health of your baby. And you don’t have to do it alone.

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Brochure – Smoke-Free Baby – New Brunswick Lung Association

Every expectant mother wishes for a healthy baby. Unfortunately, many of those expectant mothers may smoke. Whether active or passive smoking, it as a significant impact on the health of the unborn baby and mother.

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Expecting to Quit – Resources for Women – British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health

Every woman has her own reasons for smoking. Every woman can find her own way of quitting and staying smoke-free for life.

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Health Coaches – Live Well / Bien Vivre

Live Well | Bien Vivre (LW|BV) is a Health Coaching program residing with Heart and Stroke Foundation New Brunswick and funded by the Government of New Brunswick. Free and accessible to anyone 19 and older, Health Coaches are present in various regions across the province working to support clients in the pursuit of their wellness goals, including tobacco and smoke-free living. Their unique approach guides clients through stages of change, while connecting participants with community resources and supporting self determination. Live Well | Bien Vivre wants to see New Brunswickers’ health and wellness thrive and is dedicated to having a positive impact on health outcomes to prevent chronic disease. 

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Healthy Families, Health Babies Program – Horizon Health Network

Healthy Families, Healthy Babies program offers prenatal services that foster healthy pregnancy, and postnatal services that promote the healthy development of children from birth to age 2 years. Among the services included are screening, home visiting, provision of nutritional supplements and referral. (Includes support for smoking cessation.)

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Healthy Families, Health Babies Program – Vitalité Health Network

Healthy Families, Healthy Babies program offers prenatal services that foster healthy pregnancy, and postnatal services that promote the healthy development of children from birth to age 2 years. Among the services included are screening, home visiting, provision of nutritional supplements and referral. (Includes support for smoking cessation.)

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Pregnets – Centre for Addictions and Mental Health

The Prevention of Gestational and Neonatal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke (PREGNETS) is a network created to improve the health of moms and their babies. PREGNETS offers information, resources and support to pregnant and postpartum women and their health care providers to support the ability to reduce smoking, quit, and stay quit.

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Smoking and Pregnancy – Health Canada

Despite concerted efforts by researchers and health care professionals, maternal smoking during pregnancy remains a serious public health problem. Approximately 20% – 30% of pregnant women use tobacco during pregnancy. Many of these women quit during pregnancy and another proportion reduce their tobacco use.

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Smoking, Vaping and Tobacco – Health Canada

Learn about vaping, tobacco products, effects of smoking, second-hand smoke, prevention and quitting.

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The Wellness Movement

The Wellness Movement is a collective, ongoing effort in New Brunswick to inspire and support the creation of wellness-supporting environments, including tobacco-free and smoke-free homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Visit their website to join the Movement, find resources about a range of wellness topics, consult an events calendar of activities across the province and get inspired by New Brunswick success stories.

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The Wellness Movement – Connect with Wellness in your Region

The Wellness Movement’s regional webpages make it easy to connect with your local Wellness Networks, and stay informed about wellness initiatives happening near you. You’ll find event calendars, resources, information, tools, photos, and inspiring stories, as well as a list of Regional Wellness Networks in your area.

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Learning Resources for Community Leaders and Health Care Professionals

There are also many helpful resources under our Quit-Smoking – Adults page.

Expecting to Quit – British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health

A Best Practices Review of Smoking Cessation Interventions for Pregnant and Postpartum Girls and Women.

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Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation – University of Ottawa Heart Institute:

Clinical practice guidelines emphasize that clinicians and healthcare delivery systems should consistently identify and treat all tobacco users using available counselling treatments and medications. But, evidence alone is insufficient to change routine clinical practice. There is a need to alter practices so that smoking cessation support is systematically and easily provided to all patients who smoke as part of routine care. The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC) was created to address this need.

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Pregnets – Centre for Addictions and Mental Health

The Prevention of Gestational and Neonatal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke (PREGNETS) is a network created to improve the health of moms and their babies. PREGNETS offers information, resources and support to pregnant and postpartum women and their health care providers to support the ability to reduce smoking, quit, and stay quit.

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Supporting Pre- and Postnatal Women and Their Families Who Use Tobacco – Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

This course addresses the special considerations that need to be taken into account when providing smoking cessation assistance to pre- and postnatal women and their families. Topics include: the risks of smoking while pregnant, harm reduction approaches, applying intensive interventions using a woman-centred approach, nicotine replacement therapy for pregnant women and relapse.

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Sucess Stories – Women and Their Spouses Who Quit Smoking Because of Pregnancy

“My Daughter Sophie Was my Inspiration to Live Tobacco-Free!”

Wellness Week Contest Winner Lynne Pitcher Shares Her Quit Smoking Journey  Lynne Pitcher, 37, Riverview, NB, credits her daughter Sophie, 5, for being the inspiration and strength she and her husband, Rob Pitcher, needed to break free from their personal prison as smokers to be able to now proudly live tobacco-free. Her winning entry in the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition's (NBATC) Wellness Week Facebook contest in October 2018 (held in partnership with The Wellness Movement) caught our attention. The contest encouraged New Brunswickers to celebrate the smoke-free environments which support their wellness, by describing a favourite smoke-free place. Lynne was eager [...]

The Journey Into Motherhood as a Catalyst for Embracing a Healthier Tobacco-Free Lifestyle: Four New Brunswick Women Share Their Story.

Most people who have recently quit smoking will agree that getting over a nicotine addiction requires a lot of determination. You must not only take care of your physical cravings but also have the right kind of attitude. Often, after a few failed attempts, people successfully quit once something happens in their lives which gives them that extra little bit of strength and motivation. A sort of catalyst for embracing a tobacco-free lifestyle that puts their health and well-being, and that of their loved ones, first. For many women who smoke, pregnancy is perhaps the most motivating life event [...]

A Father and Artist’s Journey to Becoming Smoke-Free: Patrick Hardy’s Story

Patrick Hardy, 42, is a well-known spokesperson for autism, thanks to a book series called My Friend Sam, which presents the daily struggles that children who are diagnosed with autism deal with every day, inspired by his son Samuel, now 11 years old. The books, intended for a young audience, have done a lot to educate people about what it is like to live with autism. Patrick hopes the books will also help with decreasing bullying towards autistic children and youth. Originally written in French, the series now has three titles, with more on the way. The books have [...]