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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 334-336

Need for mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies for postpartum smoking relapse prevention

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Liberal Arts and Design Studies , Vidyashilp University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Professor, Department of Psychology, Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Anita Mary Vadivale
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijph.ijph_1494_21

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The health concerns for women are varied from that of men and are of higher concern. To increase this concern, women have recorded higher smoking relapse rates than men were an alarming 60% to 90% of the women who have attempted to quit relapse within their first year. Women who quit during pregnancy are seen to have higher rates of relapse than others. Such postpartum relapse has detrimental effects on the mother as well as the newborn. Mindfulness-based interventions have seen benefits in the areas of substance abuse and relapse prevention. Although research in the area of mindfulness and its benefits on smoking cessation has been limited, literature shows positive outcomes. This brief article examines the need for mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies for women who are undergoing postpartum smoking relapses so that they could benefit from the same.

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