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Council will work to reduce number of women smoking while pregnant in Havering

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 July 2014

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One in 10 pregnant women in Havering smoke up to giving birth.

Despite health warnings, 11.4 per cent of woman smoke up to labour, figures compiled by Havering Clinical Commissioning Group reveal.

But the number of women continuing the habit has fallen from a high of 14.8 per cent in 2011-12.

Smoking can result in babies being born prematurely and with stunted growth.

Cllr Wendy Brice-Thompson, Havering’s adult social services and health boss, said: “We are all aware of the significant dangers of smoking during pregnancy and the effect this can have on an unborn child. There has been a small decrease in this in the last year but we want to go much further and we will continue to work to reduce this.”

Stop smoking services can offer woman one-to-one support to quit.

Help is also available from Quitline, a new support service. Call 0800 0320102 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday or 10am to 12pm on Saturday.

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