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Although pregnancy is the beginning of a new life, smoking cessation if attempted during pregnancy appears to be temporary.

 

At least a 1/3 of all adult women who attempt to quit during pregnancy will relapse before delivery of the baby.

 

According to the US Surgeon Generalís report regarding women and smoking, most women will relapse within 12 months of delivery of their baby. (Surgeon General, 2001)

 

Studies suggest, however, quitting smoking can improve birth outcomes to those of nonsmokers. (MacArthur, 1988, Br J of Obstet Gynaecol)