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Help for pregnant smokers

16th October 2006

Pregnant smokers in Scotland are to be urged to quit as part of a new campaign.

Almost one in four mums-to-be still smoke during pregnancy, despite the well-known health risks to both mother and baby, and the figure rises dramatically in more deprived areas.

Health risks mean mothers who continue to smoke are more likely to lose their baby, or have a premature birth, which leads to more postnatal or special care.

Now the NHS in Scotland has launched a new TV advert highlighting what help is available to pregnant women who want to stop smoking. They stress the campaign isn’t aimed at making women feel bad about themselves, but at helping them.

Specially trained midwives offer smoking cessation counselling, while a free DVD is also available.

 

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