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bpas comment on HSCIC smoking during pregnany statistics

Statistics released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show a decline in the prevalence of smoking at time of delivery in England for 2013-14

Key findings:

·         12.0 per cent of mothers were recorded as smokers at the time of delivery for 2013-14, which is lower than 2012-13 (12.7 per cent). In 2006-2007, 15.1 per cent of women were recorded as smokers at the time of delivery.

·         The smoking prevalence varied amongst the Area teams from 5.1 per cent in London to 20.6 per cent in Durham, Darlington and Tees

·         The smoking prevalence varied amongst Clinical Commissioning Groups from 1.9 per cent in NHS Central London (Westminster) and NHS Richmond to 27.5 per cent in NHS Blackpool

·         82 (39 per cent) of the 211 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) had estimates meeting the national ambition of 11 per cent or less women smoking at the time of delivery

Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at bpas, said:

“These statistics demonstrate that more women are making the decision to not smoke during pregnancy. The steady year-on-year decline shows that current support and interventions from midwives are having a real impact. That this figure continues to drop indicates that women and healthcare professionals do not need draconian measures, such as compelling women to have carbon monoxide tests during antenatal appointments, to make positive changes to women’s health during pregnancy. Women should visit their GP or call their maternity unity as soon as they know they are going to have a baby so that they can access any support they need in the important early stages of their pregnancy.”


For more information please contact the bpas press office on 0207 612 0206 or 07788 725 185 or email press@bpas.org

Notes for Editors

  • The full report, Statistics on Women’s Smoking Status at Time of Delivery, England - Quarter 4, 2013-14, can be accessed here.  

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