$95,000 Fellowship Granted To Dr Frandsen to Help Pregnant Mothers Quit Smoking
Date: 16th June 2014
News sources reveal that a fellowship of $95,000 by Cancer Council, in association with the University of Tasmania's faculty of health, was provided to Dr Mai Frandsen, in an attempt to enlist and help 100 pregnant mothers trigger off smoking cessation.
Researcher Mai Frandsen reveals that around 30% Northern Tasmanian mothers resort to smoking during their pregnancy. Dr Mai Frandsen also mentions that the awfully high rate of smoking is the single cause that leads to poor pregnancy-related consequences such as sudden infant death syndrome, pre-term birth, respiratory disorders, learning problems and obesity in the later period of life.
According to Mai Frandsen, Northern Tasmania had one of the maximum rates of pregnant women smoking in the country. She also added that prevention of smoking at the time of pregnancy is likely to have extensive benefits for the community and healthcare system of Tasmania.
Necessary quit smoking support will be given to Northern Tasmanians reaching their first period of pregnancy and it will include continuing help to remain smoke-free after the birth of their child. Penny Egan, the chief executive of Cancer Council, reveals that use of specific facilities and in-kind support would be offered by the university. Further, Penny Egan discloses that the cancer council has teamed up with the university for the first time and altogether she expresses hope that it will lead to the start of lots more association with the university sector.