But our area is below the national average with only 7.7-11% of new mums admitting to lighting up.
The NHS data shows that the average number of smoking mothers across England is down to an all-time low - less than 11%.
However, there is a wide spread of figures across the country, with a figure of 1.5% in Central London bringing down the average, while in Cumbria and the North East, the number of women unable or unwilling to kick the habit stands at 16%.
The statistics assess which Clinical Commissioning Groups are meeting the 11% target, and of the 209 CCGs, 49% achieved this. However, 3% had smoking rates of over 20% with NHS Blackpool recording that over a quarter of women were smokers at the time of giving birth. Across England there were still 67,195 women who were smokers at the time they gave birth.
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Advice from the NHS is: “Smoking during pregnancy can cause serious pregnancy-related health problems. These include complications during labour and an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, low birth-weight and sudden unexpected death in infancy.”
Reducing smoking during pregnancy to 11% or less was one of the aims of 2011’s Tobacco Control Plan.