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Pregnant women in New South Wales still smoke despite dangers

Date posted: 5 November 2014

Women from Western Sydney are still smoking during ­pregnancy at high rates ­despite years of public health campaigns about the dangers of cigarette smoke to babies. NSW Health data collected between 2010 and 2012 shows the state average of pregnant women who smoke is 10.4%, the lowest it has ever been, but the NSW opposition is worried there are no quit-smoking programs for Western Sydney mums.

Women who smoke have increased risk of ectopic pregnancy, fetal death, miscarriage and low birth weight babies. 'Smoking is highest among young adults, people in the lowest socio-economic groups and Aboriginal people,' said NSW Health’s Director of the Centre for Population Health, Jo Mitchell.

Despite this, the quit smoking programs available to pregnant women are not tailored to these problem areas. Midwives provide quitting advice, and the Quitline and social media campaigns encourage mums to quit. A quit smoking campaign has been targeted at Aboriginal mothers and their families, offering free nicotine replacement therapy and support.

Source: Perth now

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Last updated: 5 November 2014
 
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