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Smoking increase a "child protection issue"

Researchers warn a study which shows more than 18,000 children took up smoking in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire in 2011 should be seen as a child protection issue.

The researchers based their analysis on data taken from the 2011 'Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England' survey, which targets schoolchildren in England between the ages of 11 and 15 every year.

Questionnaires were completed by 6519 children in 219 schools.

"Smoking is among the largest causes of preventable deaths worldwide. The present data should help to raise awareness of childhood smoking and to focus attention on the need to address this important child protection issue."

– Report authors

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Thousands of children taking up smoking in our region

A survey published today reveals shocking numbers of children taking up smoking in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

In 2011, more than 18,683 eleven to fifteen-year-olds took up the habit - or 51 children per day. It's thought the figures could be on the increase this year.

Taking up smoking at a young age is an even greater risk to health than starting later in life, experts say. People who start smoking before the age of 15 run a higher risk of developing lung cancer than those who take up the habit later on.

One in five pregnant women in deprived areas of Sheffield smoke

A new campaign is encouraging pregnant women and new mothers to stop smoking. Smokefree Mum is run by Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust and Sheffield City Council.

Currently in the city, 14.1% smoke at delivery stage, with more deprived areas in the city peaking at 19.5%.

Due to the health risks associated with smoking during pregnancy, and the increased treatment costs, the Government is aiming to reduce the number of mums smoking at birth to 11% nationally by 2015.

"Being pregnant can be one of the most rewarding times in a woman's life and there is no doubt new parents want the best start possible for their babies. I am sure everyone knows the health risks associated with smoking when pregnant - to mothers and of course their babies. But we know it can be really hard to quit smoking, especially if it is something you have done for a long time. Having someone to support you with this process really does help.

– Cllr Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families

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Councillors add their backing to smoking campaign

Councillors have added their backing to a new smoking campaign aimed at reducing the number of women who smoke while pregnant in Sheffield.

“Being pregnant can be one of the most rewarding times in a woman’s life and there is no doubt new parents want the best start possible for their babies. I am sure everyone knows the health risks associated with smoking when pregnant – to mothers and of course their babies. But we know it can be really hard to quit smoking, especially if it is something you have done for a long time. Having someone to support you with this process really does help."

– Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families

Read: NHS advice and support on stopping smoking

New mum gives backing to smoking campaign

New mums have given their backing to a Sheffield health campaign, aimed at reducing the number of women smoking while pregnant. Figures show one in five are smoking at delivery stage in some parts of the city.

“I think for me it is having someone to talk to and someone to understand what I’m going through. If I had that the first time I tried to stop, if I had somebody motivating me I would of kept off the cigarettes.”

– Nicola Baines, from Hillsborough

New smoking campaign targets pregnant women

Stop smoking campaign targeting pregnant women Credit: PA

New mums are leading a health campaign aimed at reducing the number women smoking while pregnant in Sheffield. In some parts of the city one in five mums are still smoking at delivery stage.

The programme aims to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking while pregnant as well as offering help and support to those trying to quit.

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