Resources for Health Care Providers

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This Ontario-based resource centre supports health care providers with implementing health promotion programs, including tobacco reduction, for new parents. Resources include brochures, posters, and displays with information on creating a smoke-free environment.

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perintal services bc

Persintal Services BC has developed a guideline entitled Tobacco Use in the Perinatal Period, designed to assist practitioners in evidence-based assessment and provision of care for pregnant and postpartum women.

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Canadian Action Network for the Advancement, Dissemination and Adoption of Practice-Informed Tobacco Treatment (CAN-ADAPTT)

CAN-ADAPTT is a practice-based research network designed to facilitate knowledge exchange in the area of smoking cessation.

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International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT)

INWAT is a global network of women dedicated to preventing and reducing tobacco use among women and girls, increasing women’s leadership in tobacco control and improving women’s status and women’s health.

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This Ontario-based website has information for health care providers, including downloadable documents: a desk reference, patient resource card, info sheets, etc.

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Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

This best-practices guideline is not specific to pregnancy but provides a thorough overview of smoking cessation.
Integrating Smoking Cessation Practice into Daily Nursing Practice (2003, reviewed 2007).

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Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond

Interactive web-based "virtual practicum" program with simulated patient interviews and case-based learning developed by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a coalition of smoking-cessation experts. 

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  • Breastfeeding and Harm Reduction

    Nicotine is water and lipid-soluble & hence can be secreted in breast milk.

    The concentration of nicotine in breast milk will vary depending on how many cigarettes have been smoked since the last breastfeeding and how much time has passed since the mother has last smoked a cigarette.

    Health Canada recommendations clearly indicate that smoking is not a contraindication to breastfeeding.


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