Nearly half of women who stop smoking during pregnancy go back to smoking soon after baby is born

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A major new review published today by the scientific journal Addiction reveals that in studies testing the effectiveness of stop-smoking support for pregnant women, nearly half (43%) of the women who managed to stay off cigarettes during the pregnancy went back to smoking within 6 months of the birth.

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

Approximately 18,887 pregnant smokers in the UK (3% of all maternities) used NHS stop-smoking support in the financial year 2014/15.1,2 This represents a considerable investment.

Lead author Dr Matthew Jones 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 need to quit smoking and what our healthcare services currently provide."


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More information: Jones M, Lewis S, Parrott S, Wormall S, and Coleman T (2016) Restarting smoking in the postpartum period after receiving a smoking cessation intervention: A systematic review. Addiction 111: DOI: 10.1111/add.13309
Journal information: Addiction

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