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Pregnancy: Smoking

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 273483, tabled on 4 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to help reduce the number of women smoking during pregnancy.

Answered on

12 July 2019

The Government committed to reducing the prevalence of women smoking during pregnancy to 6% or less by 2022. The NHS Long Term Plan makes provision for smoking cessation support to all pregnant women and their families in secondary care, and this includes a new smoke-free pregnancy pathway with focused sessions and treatments. In addition, Public Health England continues to work collaboratively with NHS England on the Maternity Transformation Programme to reduce the number of pregnant women who smoke.