Smoking During Pregnancy Rise

The number of women in the South West smoking during pregnancy has gone up for the first time in years. According to figures just released, almost 15% of pregnant women smoke. That's the highest figure for 4 years.

Tackling smoking in pregnancy: full report

Doctors are clear that every cigarette you smoke in pregnancy harms your unborn baby yet figures out today show that almost 15% of pregnant women in the region are smokers. That's the biggest rise for four years. Doctors say they need more help to quit. Tanya Mercer reports

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15% of Somerset women smoke when pregnant

Yet more women than ever are now lighting up while pregnant, and the problem in Somerset is among the worst in the country.

Figures released today show that almost 15% of pregnant women smoke - that's the biggest rise for four years.

Charli Afzal used to smoke 20 cigarettes a day, but gave up when she became pregnant after advice from Somerset Stop Smoking Service:

For information on giving up smoking, visit the NHS Smokefree website.

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Increase in smoking during pregnancy in South West

The number of women in the south west smoking during pregnancy has gone up for the first time in years.

According to figures just released, almost 15 per cent of pregnant women smoke. That's the highest figure for 4 years.

Somerset has some of the highest figures in the country. The NHS Trust there says more needs to be done to help women give up.

Sarah Hellyar from Somerset Stop Smoking Service explains the risks involved in smoking whilst pregnant: