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33% of women smoke while pregnant

28th October 2010

A new survey has shown that nearly 15% of women who gave birth in England in 2008/09 were smokers.

The figure was as high as 33% in Blackpool, compared with just 4% in Richmond, Surrey, according to data from the Association of Public Health Observatories. The charity's survey, commissioned by the Department of Health, found tobacco still caused more significant illness and deaths across the north west than in most other parts of the country, though the region also has some of the highest quit rates in the country.

 

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