Research Supervisor: Dr. Wendy Sword

Supporting Young Women in Their Efforts to Quit Smoking throughout
Pregnancy and Postpartum

There are countless benefits to quitting smoking any time during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. Several studies have found that more than half of all women who smoke do not quit during pregnancy. This study aims to explore some of the challenges to quitting smoking in pregnancy and postpartum for young women. Study findings will help us to gain a deeper understanding of the supports and services that are needed to make quitting smoking an easier option.

We are interested in talking to pregnant and parenting young women between the ages of 16-24 years, who smoked regularly (at least one cigarette/day) prior to pregnancy, about the factors they consider when making decisions regarding their smoking behavior before, during and after pregnancy.

Your participation would involve a 30-45 minute interview in-person or over the telephone (as per your preference) with the researcher. A FREE $15.00 grocery or Shopper’s Drug Mart gift card will be provided to thank you for your time. If you would like to participate in a second interview (30 minutes or less) to validate themes and emerging findings in the study, you will receive an additional $5 value added to your gift card (total of $20.00).

If you would like more information about the study, or if you are interested in participating, please contact the researcher, Jamie Dawdy, School of Nursing, McMaster University, by email at or by phone at (905) 616-0541.


Thank you for you interest in this very important research study!


This project was reviewed and received ethics approval from the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board.  Should you have any questions or concerns about the involvement of participants in the study, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Chair of the HHS/FHS Research Ethics Board at 905-521-2100.