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Guide: Childrens Centres are smokefree

Smoking in pregnancy

Smoking in pregnancy can cause increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth and low birth weight

(Royal College of Physicians, 1992)

It is known to increase infant mortality by about 40%

(Dept of Health, 2007)

Women in the routine and manual workers group are 1.5 times more likely to smoke than women in the general population

(Office for National Statistics. Statistics on smoking: England 2006)

Smoking in pregnancy is three times higher in mothers aged under 20 compared with rates for all pregnant women

(Health and Social Care Information Centre, Infant feeding survey 2010, London HSCIC, 2012)

The risk of cot death is elevated four times if the mother smokes in pregnancy

(Gilliland FD et al (2000) Maternal smoking during pregnancy, environmental tobacco smoke exposure and childhood lung function. Thorax 55: 271-276 )