TSET Health Promotion Research Center and Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline Seek Pregnant Women for Smoking Cessation Study

OKLAHOMA CITY — Dr. Darla Kendzor, Co-Director of the TSET Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) and Dr. Jon Hart, Director of the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (OTC), both on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, are working to address smoking cessation among pregnant women with Medicaid insurance.

Studies have shown that while many women initially quit smoking during pregnancy, they often begin smoking again during the postpartum period. The findings from a number of independent studies have shown that incentivizing smoking cessation is an effective way to promote continued smoking abstinence among pregnant women.

A new study will combine Kendzor’s expertise in incentive-based interventions with the standard treatment offered through the OTH directed by Hart. The goal of the study is to evaluate whether the incentives-based OTH intervention will increase smoking cessation rates in comparison with standard OTH treatment, which includes counseling and nicotine replacement therapy (with physician approval).

Eligible pregnant women may earn incentives for completing counseling calls and for providing evidence of smoking abstinence. Pregnant women 18 years of age or older who are less than or equal to 25 weeks pregnant are eligible for this study. Participants enrolled in this study will be followed for approximately three months postpartum. For more information about this study, call 1-800-QUIT NOW.

The HPRC is an integral component of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program of the NCI-Designated OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center. Over the past seven years, the HPRC has become a nationally recognized tobacco research center. Modifiable health risk factors that substantially impact the health of Oklahomans, such as sedentary lifestyle, risky alcohol, and other substance use, have increasingly become a research focus of center investigators.

The HPRC receives funding from the OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center via an NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (P30CA225520) and the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust contract number R23-02.


The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a FREE service for Oklahomans wanting to quit tobacco. Funding is primarily provided by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Employees Group Insurance Division and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline has served more than 365,000 Oklahomans since 2003 and was ranked the top quitline for reaching tobacco users seeking treatment in FY2013 by the North American Quitline Consortium.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to: www.ok.gov/tset.

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