Smoking during pregnancy rates rise in Dorset

Smoking during pregnancy rates rise in Dorset

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:40am 25th September 2019.

More women are smoking during pregnancy in Dorset, figures reveal.

According to NHS Digital data, 11% of mums who gave birth during the first three months of 2019 in the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group area were smokers.

That's 164 out of the 1,570 women who gave birth during that time.

This was an increase from 10% out of 1,631 births during the same time last year, and much higher than the 6% target the Government wants CCGs to meet by the end of 2022.


The Government said too many women are at risk of suffering a stillbirth or complications as a result of smoking, particularly those from deprived areas, and recognised it must do more to tackle the issue.

The NHS said only 33 out of 191 CCGs in England met the national target.

'What are the dangers of smoking during pregnancy?'

The Government says smoking during pregnancy can cause serious health problems, including complications during labour and an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, still birth, and sudden unexpected death in infancy.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said:

"While the number of women smoking in pregnancy is at a record low, too many women from deprived areas are still at risk of suffering the tragedy of a stillbirth or complications as a result of smoking.

“We know we must do more. We are determined to reduce these levels to 6% by 2022 and as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, every smoker admitted to hospital will be offered specialist support to quit smoking, with an emphasis on pregnant women and their partners.”