Supporting pregnant smokers to quit
Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy is responsible for an increased rate of stillbirths, miscarriages and birth defects. The NHS Long Term Plan included a commitment to deliver an opt-out smokefree pregnancy pathway including focused sessions and treatments for expectant mothers. Partners will be referred to external local authority stop smoking services.
ASH webinar: Getting back on track after COVID-19 (May 2021)
This webinar focuses on getting maternity services back on track to support pregnant women to quit smoking following the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes a statement from the Chief Midwifery Officer, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, as well as an update on NHSE’s contribution to the smokefree pregnancy agenda through the LTP and the Maternity Transformation Programme.
ASH webinar: Supporting pregnant smokers: Implications of new NICE guidance and the NHS Long Term Plan (March 2022)
This webinar briefs maternity teams on elements of the revised NICE guidance (Tobacco: preventing uptake, promoting quitting and treating dependence [NG209]) relating to supporting pregnant smokers to quit. It also includes an update on the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan tobacco dependence treatment pathway for pregnant women.
Resources and guidance
The Care Bundle Care Bundle sets out recommendations to reduce stillbirth prevalence through smoking cessation. ‘Element 1: Reducing smoking in pregnancy’ recommends carbon monoxide (CO) testing of all pregnant women at antenatal booking appointment; CO testing at 36 weeks; referral to a stop smoking service/specialist based on an opt out system; and training on CO monitor use and Very Brief Advice (VBA) for all relevant maternity staff – in line with NICE guidance on stopping smoking during pregnancy.
This resource pack supports Local Maternity Systems to implement the maternity and neonatal commitments within the NHS Long Term Plan.
The Challenge Group is a coalition of organisations committed to reducing rates of smoking in pregnancy. The Group’s website includes resources and information for staff supporting women and families to quit smoking before, during, and after pregnancy:
- Training materials
- CO screening
- Local Maternity Systems
- Health visiting and smokefree homes
- Financial incentive schemes
Join the Challenge Group mailing list to receive updates about webinars and resources
The NCSCT has a range of online briefings and training. They can also be commissioned to provide f2f training and support.
- E-learning: Pregnancy and smoking cessation specialty module
- Briefing: Standard Treatment Programme for Pregnant Women
- Briefing: Stopping smoking in pregnancy: A briefing for maternity care providers
- E-learning: Secondhand smoke: promoting smokefree homes and cars
The E-learning For Healthcare (e-lfh) Smokefree Pregnancy and Smokefree Families Programme
E-lfh provide an online training (e-learning) programme which focuses on the delivery of very brief advice to pregnant women or those who have recently given birth.