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Predictors of prenatal smoking among US women veterans.

Coleman JN, DeRycke EC, Bastian LA, Calhoun PS, Beckham JC, Kroll-Desrosiers AR, Haskell SG, Mattocks K, Brandt CA, Wilson SM. Predictors of prenatal smoking among US women veterans. Journal of Health Psychology. 2021 Nov 1; 26(13):2648-2655.

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This study investigated prevalence and factors associated with prenatal smoking among US women veterans using cross-sectional data from a cohort study of veterans from recent wars utilizing Veterans Health Administration primary care (? = 6190). Among the participants, 747 (12.0%) were current smokers and 1039 (16.8%) were former smokers. Multivariable logistic regression indicated that White race, substance use disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder were associated with increased likelihood of smoking during pregnancy. Conversely, being married and officer rank were associated with decreased likelihood of prenatal smoking. Findings suggest a need for empirical testing of interventions to address perinatal smoking, substance use, and mental health.

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