Smoking mums in Richmond Borough less likely than rest of England
By Teddington People | Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 10:56
Health statistics this week revealed expecting mums in Richmond Borough are among the least likely in the country to be smokers at the time of giving birth.
The numbers, released by the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre, showed that only 45 women were smokers at the time of giving birth out of a total of 2,361 registered with a Richmond GP in 2013/14.
The figure, which amounts to 1.9 per cent who were smokers whilst pregnant, compared to a London average of 5.1 per cent, and an overall figure of 12 per cent for England as a whole.
While the number of smoking mums-to-be decreased over the last few years across the country, the numbers in Richmond have more than halved in the last three years, down from 4.2 per cent in 2010/11.
Smoking in pregnancy can cause a range of serious health problems, including lower birth weight, pre-term birth, placental complications and prenatal mortality. Support to stop smoking is available from ‘Kick It’, the local stop smoking service, as well as GPs and midwifes.
Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Cllr Blakemore, said:
“The statistics published highlight stark regional variation in the proportion of women smoking at the time of giving birth.
“They will be of considerable interest to those responsible for promoting good health during and after pregnancy. Richmond ’s figures are strong compared to the rest of the country, but we will not become complacent and will keep doing everything we can to reduce these numbers further.”
To find out more about the services available to help you stop smoking, call 020 3434 2500 or visit https://www.kick-it.org.uk