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September 5, 2017

Success Stories Shared at Regional Conferences -

Oswego County's Smoking Cessation Program for Pregnant Women Presented at Tobacco Treatment Summit

OSWEGO COUNTY - The success of Oswego County's "Smoke Free for My Baby and Me" program is receiving regional and state attention. The program was the subject of recent presentations in the health care field in Syracuse and Albany.

Smoke Free for My Baby and Me is a community-supported, clinic-based tobacco cessation program that encourages pregnant women to quit smoking. A network of public health partners worked with the Oswego County Health Department to create the program.

Amber Shumway recently presented her experience as an RN with Oswego County OB/GYN and Oswego Health System to the CNY Tobacco Treatment Summit at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center. Shumway explained how the program helped screen prenatal women for tobacco use, educate pregnant smokers about tobacco dependency and health risks, and counsel and encourage them to quit smoking by taking the advantage of the program's incentives.

Over two years, 71 pregnant women participated in the program through the practice.

Aapproximately 75 percent of pregnant woman who smoke enrolled in the program. 72 percent of them quit smoking during their pregnancy, and 47 percent remained smoke-free 12 months after their babies were born.

"This percentage will increase as more women reach the 12-month mark," said Jiancheng Huang, Director of Public Health of the Oswego County Health Department. "The program serves more women with public health insurance than with private insurance. Recently, the program has expanded to include newly parenting moms as well as pregnant women."

The summit was hosted by the CNY Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, one of nine similar centers funded by the state Department of Health. The CNY Regional Center covers 14 counties in the area, including Oswego. One of the Center's goals is to implement systems that screen patients for tobacco use and provide tobacco dependence education, counseling, and treatment. Low-income tobacco-users are one of the populations the center focuses on.

Diane Oldenburg, Senior Public Health Educator of Oswego County Health Department, also presented information about Smoke Free for My Baby and Me at the New York State Public Health Association's annual conference in April.

"The program's success rate is quite impressive and other counties are now exploring the possibilities of starting a similar program in their communities" said Oldenburg.

Smoke Free for My Baby and Me is a community partnership of several agencies. Partners include the Oswego County Health Department, Integrated Community Planning, Inc., Oswego County OB/GYN, P.C., Oswego County Opportunities, Inc., SUNY Oswego, and the CNY Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center.

The program has received financial support from Oswego County, New York State Health Foundation, United Way of Oswego County, REACH CNY, Rural Health Network of Oswego County, Excellus and Fidelis insurances, and Oswego Elks Lodge #271.

For more information about Smoke Free for My Baby and Me, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547, Oswego County OB/GYN at 315-343-2590, or OCO OPTIONS at 315-342-7532.

For more information on quitting smoking, call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or visit https://www.nysmokefree.com.


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