Research reveals nearly 90 per cent of pregnant smokers fail to quit before their baby arrives

Nearly 90 per cent of expectant mothers who already smoke are failing to give up during their pregnancy it has been revealed.

A research by experts from Nottingham and York Universities has uncovered that 87% of pregnant mothers were still smoking by the time their baby arrived. The study looked at over 9000 women and 23 trials to asses the figures.

In the research, published in the scientific journal Addiction, it was revealed that in studies testing the effectiveness of stop-smoking support for pregnant women, forty-three per cent of the women who managed to stay off cigarettes during the pregnancy went back to smoking within six months.

While not smoking during pregnancy is very important, there is an urgent need to find better ways of helping mothers stay of cigarettes afterwards.

Dr Matthew Jones, Assistant Professor in Health Economics in the School of Medicine and Heath Sciences at The University of Nottingham, and lead author of the study, says, “Smoking during pregnancy is a major global public health issue: a conservative estimate for the annual economic burden in the UK is £23.5 million and in the US $110 million.

“Our report reveals a wide gulf between what pregnant women need to quit smoking and what our healthcare services currently provide.”

The research team that produced the report is from The University of Nottingham and works as part of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies. The study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grants for Applied Research programme.

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