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Smoking during pregnancy at new low

Smoking during pregnancy at new low

Smoking during pregnancy at new low

The number of pregnant smokers has dropped to the lowest recorded level in England, the latest figures show. 

Just 12% of women smoked during pregnancy, the figures for 2013/14 show. 

However, there was wide regional variation, with just 5% of pregnant women smoking in London, compared to 21% in Durham. 

Since 2006/07 the number of women who smoked while pregnant fell by 16%, and overall maternities have increased by 5%, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures show. 

Government targets to reduce rates of smoking throughout pregnancy to lower than 11% by 2015 have not yet been reached. 

Around 40% of local authority areas have yet to reach the target. 

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “It is encouraging to see that since 2006-07 the number of pregnant women who smoked during pregnancy has declined. However, there is still a little way to go to achieve the national ambition.

“Today’s figures highlight there is a still work to be done and it is fundamental that mothers-to-be are aware of the damaging effects smoking can have on their baby.”

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