“We know what negative effects exposure
to nicotine can have, but we also know that smoking is one of the most
difficult addictions to break,” said Dr. Peter Selby, Clinical Director of
Addiction Programs at CAMH. “Stigma around smoking during pregnancy can deter women
from seeking treatment. PREGNETS offers a woman-centred approach that emphasizes support
instead of guilt or shame. It was also important that we
create a support tool that was accessible to women in their homes.”
Resources and tools on the site are
based on women’s needs as determined through CAMH research involving input from
pregnant and post-partum women.
The first line of care for expectant
mothers is often their family physician or midwife and it is important that
they have the resources they need to support patients in the process of
reducing or quitting smoking. PREGNETS offers specialized sections for healthcare
providers and women. The site gives health care providers access to a current literature
review focused on smoking in pregnant women,
an up-to-date toolkit
available for download with key recommendations and tools to use with women
as well as access to other related resources.
For women, the site focuses on building
a community of support with other women through the use of a discussion board and also includes a
personalized quit meter, various self help materials, and tips on a healthy pregnancy, partner support,
and answers, how to
deal with cravings and more.
Media Contact: Michael Torres, Media
Relations, CAMH; 416-595-6015; firstname.lastname@example.org
PREGNETS began in 2003 as part of the Nicotine
Dependence Services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The project
has received funding from Echo Ontario
to conduct research with pregnant and postpartum women, re-establish and update
thePREGNETS website and update the available tools and resources.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the
world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health.
CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health
promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and
CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto,
and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization