Statistics show the information is still not understood by women about the hazards of prenatal smoking. A total of 1270 women were directed to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Smokefree Pregnancy Service from From April 1 to September 30 this year.
Of that number only 380 fixed a stop smoking date with 154 still off cigarettes at 4 weeks – just 12 percent of the total referred.
But, the health board mentioned that data from this year suggested 154 children had not been subjected to the hazards of smoking and that figures had raised a little bit in 2011.
From April 2011 to March 31 2012, 2521 women were referred and 835 established a stop smoking date with 297 still smoke-free at 4 weeks.
The board stated almost 95 percent of all pregnant women in the health board area have been analyzed for CO levels this year.
It is working to develop training for midwives to help them clarify the dangers of smoking to pregnant women.
Smoking in pregnancy raises the possibility that the baby will be born malformed.
The risk for having a baby with deformed limbs or a cleft lip is above 25 percent higher for people who smoke, statistics shows.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, director of public health for NHSGGC, stated that the effect of quitting smoking during pregnancy cannot be undervalued.
“Giving up rate between April and September 2012 has gone up a bit to 41 percent contrary to 36 percent for the same period in 2011.”
Scotland has observed the biggest decrease in the number of pregnant women smoking in the UK over the past few years.
Smoking rate has dropped from 35 percent to 27 percent from 2005-2010.
Nearly 30 percent of smoking mums live in the most starving places in contrast to 4.8 percent in the least deprived.
All smoking pregnant women are immediately directed to the health board’s quitting smoking service.
There are 33 quitting smoking sessions across the board area for pregnant women within 23 different hospitals and community venues.
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