Too many Salisbury women still smoking when heavily pregnant

Salisbury District Hospital - SDH - Entrance B (Mike Draper)

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:38am 12th June 2019.

Figures show 1 in 11 mums who give birth at Salisbury District Hospital still smoked.

The latest NHS data shows 15 out of 160 women who gave birth at our hospital said they were smokers at the time they delivered their baby in January, that's around 9%.

This is above the 6% target the Government wants trusts to meet by the end of 2022.

Across England 24,443 women who gave birth in January were smokers.

The South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust had the highest rate of smoking mums in the month, at 23%,.

The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, both in London, had the lowest at just 1%.

DANGERS OF SMOKING WHILE PREGNANT:

Charity Action on Smoking and Health said smoking during pregnancy can cause stillbirths, miscarriages and birth defects.

Ciaran Osborne, director of policy at Ash, said:

"It is vital that all pregnant smokers get specialist support to help them quit successfully."

"The Government must go further, and faster, if it is to achieve its national target to reduce still birth and neonatal death by half by 2025."

Pregnant woman
1 in 11 women giving birth at Salisbury District Hospital are still smoking.

The Department of Health revealed its Tobacco Control Plan in 2017, which included a target to reduce smoking prevalence among pregnant women from 11% to 6%.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said:

"Smoking rates among pregnant women are at a record low and have been in steady decline since 2010. However, this remains a concerning issue, disproportionately affecting women and babies from poorer communities, so we have set an ambition to reduce smoking in pregnancy by a third by 2022.

"As part of our Long Term Plan for the NHS, every smoker admitted to hospital will be offered help to quit – with an emphasis on pregnant women and their partners."

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