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Pregnant women are still lighting up more in town

Swindon Advertiser: More pregnant women in Swindon are smoking than the national average More pregnant women in Swindon are smoking than the national average

SWINDON has a higher than average percentage of pregnant women who are smokers at the time of giving birth.

New figures published this week show that 14.5 per cent of women in the town are still lighting up during their pregnancy, despite the serious health problems it can cause to babies.

Nationally, 12.7 per cent of mothers giving birth were smokers for the first quarter of 2012/13, which was lower than the 2011/12 outturn of 13.2 per cent.

The figures vary dramatically amongst all Strategic Health Authorities from 19.6 per cent in the North East SHA to 5.6 per cent in London SHA.

Among 147 primary care trusts smoking prevalence at delivery ranged from 27.6 per cent in Blackpool PCT to 1.2 per cent in Kensington and Chelsea PCT.

A spokesman for the NHS Information Centre said: “Babies from deprived backgrounds are more likely to be born to mothers who smoke, and to have much greater exposure to secondhand smoke in childhood.

“Smoking remains one of the few modifiable risk factors in pregnancy.

“It can cause a range of serious health problems, including lower birth weight, pre-term birth, placental complications and perinatal mortality.”

In Swindon, where nearly three out of 20 pregnant women continue to smoke, a new Stop Before you Drop service has been launched that helps pregnant women in the town who want to stop smoking.

Lisa Fendall, who was featured recently in the BBC series Mums Behaving Badly, launched the new service in Swindon, and highlighted the risks of low weight, weak babies, as a result of smoking in pregnancy, and the importance of supporting pregnant women to quit smoking.

Cherry Jones,the deputy director of public health for NHS Swindon said: “This new service provides a great opportunity for pregnant women to meet others in a similar situation.

“Stopping smoking is the single most important thing anyone can do to improve their health, and for a pregnant women there is also the health of her baby.’’ Each Thursday, there is a dedicated Stop Before You Drop group at the John Moulton Hall, in Penhill , from 10.30am to 11.30am.

It is just for pregnant women who want to quit smoking, and provides an opportunity for them to talk to other pregnant women who are also trying to stop, as well as having a trained stop smoking advisor available to offer support and advice.

Women can either turn up on the day or call 0800 389 2229 for more information.

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9:34am Sat 1 Sep 12

dc the 2nd says...

That's because Swindon has more than the average amount of chavs.
That's because Swindon has more than the average amount of chavs. dc the 2nd
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10:33am Sat 1 Sep 12

Davey Gravey says...

Disgusting stat. All those women should be sterilised
Disgusting stat. All those women should be sterilised Davey Gravey
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10:52am Sat 1 Sep 12

Robh says...

What is the point of these statistics?

If they are telling us that the number of babies with serious illnesses born to mothers who smoke was higher than the average that would make the point. Otherwise it is just a statistic for the sake of it.
What is the point of these statistics? If they are telling us that the number of babies with serious illnesses born to mothers who smoke was higher than the average that would make the point. Otherwise it is just a statistic for the sake of it. Robh
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1:01pm Sat 1 Sep 12

house on the hill says...

Is anyone really surprised? less and less people care about others all they think of is themselves and what they can get free from society. No sense of responsibility anymore its all "I know my rights" but most dont realise that with those rights come responsibilites. Just feel sorry for the kids, not just for the potential harm it may do them but for the sort of parents they are going to be stuck with......
Is anyone really surprised? less and less people care about others all they think of is themselves and what they can get free from society. No sense of responsibility anymore its all "I know my rights" but most dont realise that with those rights come responsibilites. Just feel sorry for the kids, not just for the potential harm it may do them but for the sort of parents they are going to be stuck with...... house on the hill
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1:11pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Jibberjab says...

I believe that smoking while pregnant should be against the law, and those found guilty should have there child benefit taken away.
I believe that smoking while pregnant should be against the law, and those found guilty should have there child benefit taken away. Jibberjab
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4:50pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Hmmmf says...

A spokesman for the NHS Information Centre said:
“Babies from deprived backgrounds are more likely to be born to mothers who smoke,

Babies don't have backgrounds. Especially when they haven't been born yet. And of what would any backgrounds they might later possess be deprived, exactly?
The numbers are clearly falling each time these reports are released, but the Adver still manages to spin that fact into bad news.
Jibberjab wrote:
I believe that smoking while pregnant should be against the law, and those found guilty should have there child benefit taken away.

Why? Almost one in two women smoked in the 1950s and 1960s, and there's an awful lot of 50- and 60-somethings around today to prove it wasn't fatal to their offspring.
[quote][p][bold]A spokesman for the NHS Information Centre[/bold] said: “Babies from deprived backgrounds are more likely to be born to mothers who smoke,[/quote] Babies don't have backgrounds. Especially when they haven't been born yet. And of what would any backgrounds they might later possess be deprived, exactly? The numbers are clearly falling each time these reports are released, but the Adver still manages to spin that fact into bad news. [quote][p][bold]Jibberjab[/bold] wrote: I believe that smoking while pregnant should be against the law, and those found guilty should have there child benefit taken away.[/quote] Why? Almost one in two women smoked in the 1950s and 1960s, and there's an awful lot of 50- and 60-somethings around today to prove it wasn't fatal to their offspring. Hmmmf
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6:53pm Sat 1 Sep 12

JeanieG says...

I was in Town this morning and saw a young girl quite heavily pregnant smoking away. It still shocks me to see it, but then when I sw her purple hair I thought ah well poor baby don't stand a chance.
I was in Town this morning and saw a young girl quite heavily pregnant smoking away. It still shocks me to see it, but then when I sw her purple hair I thought ah well poor baby don't stand a chance. JeanieG
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6:54pm Sat 1 Sep 12

JeanieG says...

JeanieG wrote:
I was in Town this morning and saw a young girl quite heavily pregnant smoking away. It still shocks me to see it, but then when I sw her purple hair I thought ah well poor baby don't stand a chance.
oops mean't saw not sw :(
[quote][p][bold]JeanieG[/bold] wrote: I was in Town this morning and saw a young girl quite heavily pregnant smoking away. It still shocks me to see it, but then when I sw her purple hair I thought ah well poor baby don't stand a chance.[/p][/quote]oops mean't saw not sw :( JeanieG
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7:22pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Davey Gravey says...

Hmmmf wrote:
A spokesman for the NHS Information Centre said:
“Babies from deprived backgrounds are more likely to be born to mothers who smoke,

Babies don't have backgrounds. Especially when they haven't been born yet. And of what would any backgrounds they might later possess be deprived, exactly?
The numbers are clearly falling each time these reports are released, but the Adver still manages to spin that fact into bad news.
Jibberjab wrote:
I believe that smoking while pregnant should be against the law, and those found guilty should have there child benefit taken away.

Why? Almost one in two women smoked in the 1950s and 1960s, and there's an awful lot of 50- and 60-somethings around today to prove it wasn't fatal to their offspring.
Guess you smoke? In the years you quote we didn't know the dangers of smoking
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A spokesman for the NHS Information Centre[/bold] said: “Babies from deprived backgrounds are more likely to be born to mothers who smoke,[/quote] Babies don't have backgrounds. Especially when they haven't been born yet. And of what would any backgrounds they might later possess be deprived, exactly? The numbers are clearly falling each time these reports are released, but the Adver still manages to spin that fact into bad news. [quote][p][bold]Jibberjab[/bold] wrote: I believe that smoking while pregnant should be against the law, and those found guilty should have there child benefit taken away.[/quote] Why? Almost one in two women smoked in the 1950s and 1960s, and there's an awful lot of 50- and 60-somethings around today to prove it wasn't fatal to their offspring.[/p][/quote]Guess you smoke? In the years you quote we didn't know the dangers of smoking Davey Gravey
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10:38am Sun 2 Sep 12

Ringer says...

A spokesman for the NHS Information Centre said:
“Babies from deprived backgrounds are more likely to be born to mothers who smoke"

As already picked up on, would this unnamed NHS spokesman care to tell us what and where these 'deprived backrounds' actually are?

The UK welfare state provides every pregant woman who needs it with their own home, money to spend plus additional money in the form of child benefit and further additional money in the form of healthy food vouchers. All of this money arrives in their bank accounts, like clockwork, every week or fortnightly. All healthcare, regardless of need and frequency, is provided to them.

It is impossible for a pregnant woman in this country in 2012 to be considered anything like 'deprived'.
[quote][b]A spokesman for the NHS Information Centre said:[/b] “Babies from deprived backgrounds are more likely to be born to mothers who smoke" [/quote] As already picked up on, would this unnamed NHS spokesman care to tell us what and where these 'deprived backrounds' actually are? [p] The UK welfare state provides every pregant woman who needs it with their own home, money to spend plus additional money in the form of child benefit and further additional money in the form of healthy food vouchers. All of this money arrives in their bank accounts, like clockwork, every week or fortnightly. All healthcare, regardless of need and frequency, is provided to them. [p] It is impossible for a pregnant woman in this country in 2012 to be considered anything like 'deprived'. Ringer
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1:31pm Sun 2 Sep 12

PaulD says...

Why? Almost one in two women smoked in the 1950s and 1960s, and there's an awful lot of 50- and 60-somethings around today to prove it wasn't fatal to their offspring.


what a ridiculous argument. How many babies born to smokers in that period died young or suffered illnesses, deformities or other syndromes or conditions as a result of their mother's smoking?

This is like saying that wars aren't bad as there are usually some survivors afterwards
[quote]Why? Almost one in two women smoked in the 1950s and 1960s, and there's an awful lot of 50- and 60-somethings around today to prove it wasn't fatal to their offspring.[/quote] what a ridiculous argument. How many babies born to smokers in that period died young or suffered illnesses, deformities or other syndromes or conditions as a result of their mother's smoking? This is like saying that wars aren't bad as there are usually some survivors afterwards PaulD
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6:18pm Sun 2 Sep 12

Hmmmf says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Guess you smoke?

Nope. Guess again.

PaulD wrote:
what a ridiculous argument.

Not as ridiculous as "Jibberjab's Law. The point I was making is that smoking while pregnant is clearly not sufficiently nor demonstrably harmful to justify knee-jerk draconian laws which can neither be policed nor enforced, and which wouldn't survive five seconds in the European Courts. Perhaps, PaulD, you would care to answer your own rhetorical question and tell us all "How many babies born to smokers in that period died young or suffered illnesses, deformities or other syndromes or conditions as a result of their mother's smoking?" No? Thought not.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Guess you smoke?[/quote] Nope. Guess again. [quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: what a ridiculous argument.[/quote] Not as ridiculous as "Jibberjab's Law. The point I was making is that smoking while pregnant is clearly not sufficiently nor demonstrably harmful to justify knee-jerk draconian laws which can neither be policed nor enforced, and which wouldn't survive five seconds in the European Courts. Perhaps, PaulD, you would care to answer your own rhetorical question and tell us all "How many babies born to smokers in that period died young or suffered illnesses, deformities or other syndromes or conditions as a result of their mother's smoking?" No? Thought not. Hmmmf
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9:53am Mon 3 Sep 12

PaulD says...

I have no idea is the simple answer, and I didn't pretend to know either. If you want to find out, go and do some research

I wasn't the one bringing up facile arguments that fly in the face of accepted science and medicine

Here, let me help you out: http://www.lmgtfy.co
m/?q=smoking+pregnan
cy
I have no idea is the simple answer, and I didn't pretend to know either. If you want to find out, go and do some research I wasn't the one bringing up facile arguments that fly in the face of accepted science and medicine Here, let me help you out: http://www.lmgtfy.co m/?q=smoking+pregnan cy PaulD
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