Smoking in pregnancy, where are we now?

Ashwin, Cathy, Marshall, Jayne and Standen, Penny (2013) Smoking in pregnancy, where are we now? The Practising Midwife, 16(7), pp. 12-15. ISSN (print) 1461-3123


The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy have been well documented within the literature (Eastham and Gosakan 2010; British Medical Association (BMA) 2004). However, although the number of women smoking during pregnancy has fallen over the last few years, this still remains a major health concern for both women and their families. This paper aims to explore recent media campaigns and social policies focusing on smoking in pregnancy and the general population. Midwives need to be aware of current policies with regard to smoking cessation to enable high quality evidence based information and support to be provided at an optimum time in women's lives.

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