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It can be a difficult step for some mothers

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Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:26am 12th June 2019. (Updated at 5:30am 12th June 2019)

It's a controversial issue, but NHS figures found almost 20% of pregnant women in King's Lynn were smokers.

One is six expectant mothers seen by at the QE in King's Lynn told the hospital they were smoking whilst pregnant.

The NHS Foundation Trust research worked it out at 40 out of 210 women.

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On average they reported smoking 7 cigarettes a day.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital's rate is three times larger than the Government's 6% target, they want all trusts to meet that by the end of 2022.

Charity Action on Smoking and Health said smoking during pregnancy can cause stillbirths, miscarriages and birth defects.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson told KL.FM:

“Smoking rates among pregnant women are at a record low and have been in steady decline since 2010.

However, this remains a concerning issue, disproportionately affecting women and babies from poorer communities, so we have set an ambition to reduce smoking in pregnancy by a third by 2022.

As part of our Long Term Plan for the NHS, every smoker admitted to hospital will be offered help to quit – with an emphasis on pregnant women and their partners.”

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