May 19, 2022

Nebraska: Improve future pregnancy outcomes by talking to your patients about the risks of tobacco use

UnitedHealthcare has partnered with the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPQIC) to reduce prematurity rates in Nebraska by promoting tobacco cessation in all women of childbearing age. Long-term tobacco use predisposes women to poor pregnancy outcomes and increases the risk of prematurity. 

What can you do to help?
As a healthcare provider, you are a trusted source of information. You can play an important role in helping your patients quit tobacco by connecting them with the tools they need.

There are several things you can do to help reduce prematurity rates, including:

  • Talking to your patients about the harmful risks of tobacco use before and during pregnancy
  • Promoting tobacco screening for female patients of childbearing age
  • Sharing information about the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline with patients who currently use or are considering using tobacco

Access additional information and free continuing education modules offered by the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline. Explore Quitline FAQs for more information.

For additional resources, visit UnitedHealthcare’s Quitting smoking: benefits and tips portal.