Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Berlin – Do pregnant women stop smoking when they receive money or vouchers as a reward? This question will be pursued by doctors of the Vivantes-Klinikum Neukölln. They will start a pilot study on World No Tobacco Day on May 31st. It was the first of its kind in Germany, as a press officer announced today. There are still women looking for.
From June on, a group of pregnant smokers will be rewarded in the case of a quit attempt and given psychological support. For 20 weeks of pregnancy, the expectant mothers should have their exhaled air tested regularly and take part in a survey. Only those who are smoke free, get 25 euros per week or another reward. At present there are still discussions with sponsors, so the speaker. Another group did not receive any money, only psychological counseling.
“Comparable studies have already been conducted in English-speaking countries, where good results have been achieved with the material rewards of being smoke-free in pregnant women,” said Karin Vitzthum, director of the Vivantes Institute for Tobacco Cessation and Smoking Prevention ,
“The proportion of smoking pregnant women is comparatively high in Germany. In order to counteract this, effective methods of weaning are needed, “emphasized Dietmar Schlembach, head of the Clinic for Obstetrics. Among other things, female smokers have a higher risk of pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, premature placental abruption, premature rupture of membranes, premature birth or growth problems in the fetus. © dpa / aerzteblatt.de