Olfactory and gustatory sensory changes to tobacco smoke in pregnant smokers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Models of smoking behavior change include addiction, social, and behavioral concepts. The purpose of this study was to explore the prevalence of two biologic factors, olfactory and gustatory responses to tobacco smoke, as potentially powerful contributors to smoking behavior change among pregnant women. Data were obtained from 209 pregnant smokers. The majority of women reported olfactory (62%) and gustatory (53%) aversions to tobacco. Aversions first appeared during the first trimester of pregnancy. Women who experienced olfactory aversions were more likely also to experience gustatory aversions. Olfactory aversions were associated with women smoking less. Aversions to tobacco smoke are common among pregnant smokers, are associated with women smoking less, and could help explain pregnant women's smoking patterns.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pletsch, PK; Pollak, KI; Peterson, BL; Park, J; Oncken, CA; Swamy, GK; Lyna, P

Published Date

  • February 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 31 - 41

PubMed ID

  • 18161772

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3375030

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-6891

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/nur.20229


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States