The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to host this free webinar on Wednesday, June 13th from noon to 12:30 pm PST, Special Services for Special People.
Pregnant women and parents of young children are very important people with a big responsibility—keeping their children safe and healthy. The California Smokers’ Helpline offers free help to quit smoking to any resident of California, including special services just for pregnant women. With funding from First 5 California, the Helpline also offers free nicotine patches to qualified callers who are pregnant or have children ages 0 to 5.
Sharon Cummins, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation for the California Smokers’ Helpline, will discuss the importance of helping pregnant women and parents of young children quit smoking. She will also talk about the Helpline’s free resources for First 5 audiences including our evidence-based telephone counseling, specialized counseling protocol for pregnant women, nicotine patches, and patient materials for health professionals.
Sharon Cummins, PhD
Director of Research and Evaluation
California Smokers' Helpline
Sharon Cummins, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. She has worked in tobacco control for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Research and Evaluation at the California Smokers’ Helpline and faculty for the Center for Tobacco Cessation, both operated through the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she maintained a clinical practice for 14 years. Since joining the Helpline in 1996, Dr. Cummins has been highly involved with developing clinical interventions and testing them through large, randomized trials. Her current research interests include interventions for high-risk populations, such as pregnant women, smokers with co-morbid substance abuse and depression or other mental health issues, and the impact of emerging products (e.g., e-cigarettes) on smoking initiation among teens and smoking cessation among adults.