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Dr Caitlin Notley: Smoking in pregnancy and postpartum relapse

Date: 28 March 2018
Time: 17:00 - 19:00

Southwark Campus - VG06, K2 Building

Organiser: Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research, School of Applied Sciences
Contact details: 020 7815 7815,
Price: Free
Attendees at a Lecture in LSBU Events Theatre

Dr Notley is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, and a Research Fellow of the UK Society for the Study of Addiction. She has 17 years experience in the field of addiction research.

In recent years the UK has seen a marked decline in the prevalence of tobacco smoking. However, young women of childbearing age have higher rates of smoking at a population level, and smoking prevalence varies considerably by geographical area and makers of deprivation, such as socioeconomic status and level of education. Many women manage to quit smoking spontaneously during pregnancy, although rates of smoking at time of delivery are still high (latest figures show a prevalence of 10.8%, but this masks pockets of much higher prevalence). Furthermore, relapse back to tobacco smoking following the birth of a baby is very common - up to 90% of women who quit specifically for pregnancy will relapse in the 12 months following birth. For young women during pregnancy and beyond, there is a need to consider innovative approaches to support both smoking cessation and relapse prevention.

This talk will give an overview of the problem of smoking in pregnancy, reviewing the evidence on health risks for women and children of continuing to smoke and of relapsing to smoking. Research on approaches to cessation during pregnancy will be discussed, highlighting the challenge of targeting interventions at this high risk but hard to engage group. Current research on approaches to relapse prevention will also be discussed, considering underpinning theory, and drawing on Dr Notley’s programme of intervention development work, engagement work with sub-populations at the most severe risk, and her work on trajectories of e-cigarette use.

You are not required to register for this event. We hope to see you there!

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