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Smoke-Free Families: supplement overview
  1. MELANIE WAKEFIELD, Guest Editor
  1. Health Research and Policy Centers
  2. University of Illinois at Chicago
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  4. Chicago, IL 60607, USA

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    The papers in this supplement detail the research findings of projects funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Smoke-Free Families (SFF) program. As a collection of conceptual overviews, review articles, and empirical studies on the subject of smoking during pregnancy and the postpartum period, this work represents important new material to add to the knowledge base of what might make for the most effective, efficient, and disseminable interventions for promoting smoke-free families.

    Orleans et al (page iii6) set the context for the SFF program, providing an overview behind the RWJF rationale for funding programs delivered during pregnancy and the postnatal period. This paper nests the research efforts within a three pronged product development model. The authors explain that the first component of the model aims to strengthen the science or intervention “push”, by testing or improving interventions for wider use. The second component aims to increase the demand (or “pull”) for effective interventions by demonstrating cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness and providing other incentives. A third component aims to build the capacity of health systems …

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