Shock­ing fig­ures on preg­nancy smok­ing

Data shows Hilling­don has one of high­est rates

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

The per­cent­age of women who smoke in preg­nancy, by area:

Bark­ing and Da­gen­ham 8.6% Green­wich 8.6% Bex­ley 8.2% Haver­ing 7.7% Croy­don 7.6% Hilling­don 7.1% En­field 6.8% Sutton 6.3% Haringay 5.6% Waltham For­est 5.5% Is­ling­ton 5.4% Brom­ley 5.3% City & Hack­ney 5.2% Ne­wham 5.2% Mer­ton 4.8% Lewisham 4.5% Brent 3.9% Tower Ham­lets 3.9% Har­row 3.9% Cam­den 3.8% Eal­ing 3.6% Wandsworth 3.6% Kingston 3.5% Lam­beth 3.4% Bar­net 3.4% Red­bridge 3% South­wark 2.9% Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham 2.5% Rich­mond 2.5% Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea 2.5%

West­min­ster 1.5% RE­SEARCH has re­vealed Hilling­don has one of the high­est rates of women who smoke while preg­nant.

Fig­ures show 7.1 per cent of mums-to-be in the bor­ough still spark up de­spite the well known health risks it causes them and their un­born child – plac­ing it sixth in London over­all.

At the other end of the scale, ex­pec­tant mums in Ham­mer­smith & Ful­ham, Rich­mond, Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea and West­min­ster mums are the least likely to smoke in the cap­i­tal.

That meant Hilling­don was the only west London bor­ough to come in over the London av­er­age of 4.9 per cent. How­ever, its fig­ures are way be­low the na­tional av­er­age of 10.6% and be­low the na­tional tar­get of 11 per cent.

The re­sults were put to­gether by vapourlites. com, which re­veal an av­er­age of 4.9 per cent preg­nant London women were recorded as smok­ers at time of de­liv­ery.

Claim­ing the un­wanted top spot for London is Bark­ing & Da­gen­ham and Green­wich, which both had fig­ures of 8.6 per cent.

With Hilling­don com­ing in at six, the next west London bor­oughs on the list are Brent and Har­row with 3.9 per cent.

Ham­mer­smith & Ful­ham, Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea, Rich­mond (all 2.5 per cent) and West­min­ster (1.5 per cent) come bot­tom of the poll.

Anal­y­sis of the London fig­ures by vapourlites.com also found just over five per cent of preg­nant women are smok­ers at their first mid­wife ap­point­ment, with this only drop­ping by 0.2 per cent to 4.9 per cent at the time of birth.

This shows only a frac­tion of ex­pec­tant mums quit smok­ing af­ter dis­cov­er­ing their preg­nancy de­spite the health warn­ings.

Amanda Sand­ford from the Ac­tion on Smok­ing and Health (ASH) group said: “Smok­ing dur­ing preg­nancy re­duces foetal growth and in­creases the risk of mis­car­riage, still­birth and cot deaths. Al­though there has been sig­nif­i­cant progress in re­duc­ing the rates of smok­ing dur­ing preg­nancy, it’s vi­tal that preg­nant women who smoke are of­fered sup­port to quit.”

The find­ings can be found at www.vapourlites. com/blog/london-mum­sto-be-less-likely-tosmoke.html

It’s vi­tal that work con­tin­ues that preg­nant women who smoke are of­fered sup­port to quit”

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