Rural Maternal Smoking Behaviors

Research center:
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Project funded:
September 2013
Project completed:
November 2015

In this project, we will develop a chartbook documenting the prevalence of mental health/substance abuse conditions and describing the utilization of mental health services in rural and urban settings. In providing updated information on rural residents' mental health needs and service use patterns, this chartbook will help to inform rural implementation of ongoing and pending initiatives to improve mental health delivery systems.


  • Implications of Rural Residence and Single Mother Status for Maternal Smoking Behaviors
    Policy Brief
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2015
    This study finds rural mothers are more likely than urban mothers to smoke. The authors suggest policymakers consider extending insurance for smoking cessation programs through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. Programs at the local, state, and national levels also could help reduce disparities in smoking-related morbidity and mortality.