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 Smoking Cessation Resource Guide


Resource Guide: Provider Referrals
to Tobacco Cessation Quitlines




Can this Guide Help Me?
This guide is intended to inform the program development process of state partnerships working to increase provider referral to their state tobacco cessation Quitline. It is meant to provide MCH staff and individuals working in tobacco prevention and cessation with information on the referral process, Quitline practices, and the work taking place across the country to address tobacco use among women of reproductive age.

How is this Guide Organized?

Smoking Among Women of Reproductive Age and Cessation Strategies: This section provides individuals working on tobacco prevention and cessation initiatives with information regarding prevalence of smoking and recommended cessation strategies for pregnant and postpartum women.

Quitline Information: This section provides more information on the telephonic cessation counseling services that are available as a component of many comprehensive tobacco control programs.

What’s Happening in the Field: This section highlights some of the work happening across the country to increase provider referral to state Quitlines and address tobacco use among women of reproductive age.  If you are interested in submitting information on the work you are doing in your state, e-mail AMCHP's Program Manager for Women and Infant Health.

The Basis for this Guide:
Through the support of a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Division of Reproductive Health (CDC-DRH), the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), in partnership with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), conducted Tobacco Action Learning Labs between 2003-2006 with eight state teams to address tobacco use among women of reproductive age in their state. In 2006 – 2007, with continued funding from CDC-DRH, competitive mini-grants were offered to five of the eight state teams who participated in the Tobacco Action Learning Lab. The mini-grant states included Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania. The objective of this mini-grant program was to support an activity or the achievement of an objective outlined in the state team action plan, which was developed as part of the Tobacco Action Learning Lab.

Upon completion of the initial mini-grant program in September 2007, the partner organizations acknowledged the success that a small amount of financial support could achieve, as well as a continued need to support the efforts of states to address specific issues related to tobacco prevention among women of reproductive age. In 2007, a second mini-grant opportunity was offered to a new set of states. This mini-grant was intended to support a state team’s development of an initiative to increase provider referral to the state Quitline. States receiving this mini-grant included Kentucky, Michigan, and Rhode Island. The experiences of these mini-grant state teams, their challenges and successes, served as a springboard for this toolkit and information from their experiences are contained within this guide.