ASH comment on BabyClear study to reduce smoking in pregnancy

16 February 2017

Research published today by the University of Newcastle shows that the BabyClear programme, implemented in the north east of England to reduce smoking during pregnancy, has been very successful.

Fresh NE has supported the introduction of the approach across the region.

Pregnant women are almost twice as likely to quit smoking if they are supported from their first midwife appointment – and then are more likely to have heavier, healthier babies.

Newcastle University researchers evaluated the “BabyClear” programme which follows the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance around smoking in pregnancy by screening all pregnant women for smoking using carbon monoxide monitoring.

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH, which co-ordinates the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group said:

“Good progress has been made, but smoking remains one of the leading causes of preventable perinatal mortality in England, with one in ten pregnant women smoking at the time their baby is born. The BabyClear programme, pioneered in the northeast, has been highly effective, and almost doubled the number of pregnant women quitting smoking. The new Tobacco Control Plan, due to be published shortly, needs to set out how others can learn from this approach.”

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