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J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Oct;21(10):1014-7. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2012.3871. Epub 2012 Aug 30.

"Smoking cessation for pregnancy and beyond: a virtual clinic," an innovative web-based training for healthcare professionals.

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Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA.


This article provides an overview of an interactive online training designed for healthcare professionals to hone their skills in assisting pregnant women to quit smoking and to remain quit postpartum. The curriculum teaches a best practice approach for smoking cessation, the 5A's, and is based on current clinical recommendations. The program offers five interactive case simulations and comprehensive discussions of patient visits, short lectures on relevant topics from leading experts, interviews with real patients who have quit, and a dedicated website of pertinent links and office resources. The training is accredited for up to 4.5 hours of continuing education credits. To access the training, please visit

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