Mums-to-be urged to seek help to stop smoking

23/11/2017, PR8698

Mums-to-be and their families are being urged to seek help to stop smoking, to give their baby the healthiest start in life.

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.Wakefield Council and partner organisations NOVA and The One to One Development Trust have worked with local women to create a video to be shared on social media, in GP surgeries and at the maternity unit at Pinderfields Hospital. It provides high quality, accurate information to explain the reasons why quitting smoking is so important and where to access support.
 
The new ‘Stub it Out’ video aims to raise awareness of key health messages to mums, mums-to-be and their families.

Smoking levels in Wakefield are beginning to fall, but almost 20 percent of the adult population still smoke. The level of smoking in Wakefield is higher than the national average of 15 percent, with more women than average smoking in pregnancy.

When a pregnant woman smokes some of the oxygen in her blood is replaced by carbon monoxide, restricting the supply of oxygen to the baby, which can affect the baby’s development.

Babies exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb are more likely to be premature and have their growth restricted, putting their health at risk. They are more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death). They are also at greater risk of health problems at birth and when they are older.

Cllr Pat Garbutt

​Cllr Pat Garbutt, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “This video will support our key messages – which explains that giving up smoking is one of the best things anyone can do to improve their health and the health of their baby. So please come forward and seek help.”

People who access the support of stop smoking services are four times as likely to succeed in giving up, than those who have no support.

Dr Andrew Furber, Wakefield Council’s Director for Public Health, said: “Women who give up smoking in pregnancy are helping themselves and giving their child the best start in life.

“We want to inspire a smokefree generation and I would also urge anyone else in the household who smokes to seek help to give up so their child can avoid the risks associated with cigarette smoking. Smoking harms unborn babies, causes health problems and can even put their lives at risk. "

The video  can be seen at: www.stubitout.org

For more information pregnant women can ring the specialist Yorkshire Smokefree service on 01977 465549 or visit www.yorkshiresmokefree@nhs.uk The website has advice and information suitable for all smokers.
 

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