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Nurs Clin North Am. 2012 Mar;47(1):45-54. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2011.11.001. Epub 2011 Dec 15.

Evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies with pregnant Latina women.

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  • 1Lansing School of Nursing & Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205, USA.


Pregnant Latina women living in the United States are a heterogeneous group represented by various countries, cultures, immigration status, and other socioeconomic factors. Although some of the literature refers to a Latina health paradox that may serve as a protective factor against smoking for recent immigrants, acculturation may increase the vulnerability of pregnant Latina women to begin smoking. Social-support treatments should be individualized based on what types of emotional, informational, or instrumental resources the woman desires. Evidence-based strategies delivered in English or Spanish by bilingual lay health educators and tailored to embrace Latina values are cost-effective and successful.

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