Wales has highest rate of smoking during pregnancy in UK

Wales has the highest rate of smoking during pregnancy in the UK which is putting thousands of babies' lives at risk, a health charity has warned. One third of mums-to-be in Wales smoke at some point during their pregnancy.

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Supporting pregnant women giving up smoking 'vital'

The Chief Executive of health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Wales, Elen de Lacy, says it is a "sad fact" that smoking during pregnancy in Wales continues to be considerably above the UK average, but that it is "vital" mums-to-be are given "extra support" to help them give up.

It is a sad fact that Wales continues to have the highest rate of smoking in pregnancy in the whole of the UK.

Giving up smoking is hard on its own but with the added pressures of having a baby it is doubly challenging, which is why extra support is vital for pregnant women to help them give up.

Midwives and health visitors are able to build close relationships with women, at home and in the community, and are often the best placed to support women throughout their pregnancies and afterwards.

– Elen de Lacy, Chief Executive of ASH Wales

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