Controversy and Evidence about Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Pregnancy

  title={Controversy and Evidence about Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Pregnancy},
  author={Sharron Forest},
  journal={MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing},
  • Sharron Forest
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Medicine
  • MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is effective for smoking cessation, but much controversy surrounds its use during pregnancy. The importance of finding ways to help pregnant smokers quit is undisputed, since smoking during pregnancy causes harm to the mother and the fetus, with effects of smoke exposure extending into childhood. Researchers and providers are divided, however, with respect to opinions of safety and efficacy of NRT use in pregnant smokers. The research-based evidence on the… 

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