Smokefree Pregnancy Champions

The Challenge Group coordinates a national Smokefree Pregnancy Champions network made up of over 70 maternity and healthcare professionals leading initiatives to reduce smoking in pregnancy. We’re seeking to expand this network to ensure that we have a champion in each Trust.

By identifying yourself as the lead for your area you will receive tailored information and resources from the Challenge Group, be invited to participate in regional and national events and have the opportunity to share practice and ask questions of others working on similar activities around the country. You can download the Challenge Group guidance for Smokefree Pregnancy Champions, which provides an overview of some the activities Champions can undertake locally.

The Challenge Group has also produced a Q&A for champions which sets out 10 key questions to assess your trust’s progress towards supporting women to quit smoking before, during and after pregnancy. Addressing these questions will ensure that the principles outlined in the Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle v2 and NICE PH26 are maintained despite the ongoing pause in CO monitoring.

If you want to sign up as a Smokefree Pregnancy Champion and receive regular updates and feedback then please email admin@smokefreeaction.org.uk

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Find your local Support Service

A range of area specific support services to help you stop smoking are available in East Riding, Hull, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire and City of York.

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Have you found out you are pregnant?

Do you smoke?

If you are looking for help and support to quit smoking during pregnancy anywhere in the Humber, Coast and Vale area then Bump The Habit is here to help and support you.

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Real Life Stories’

E-cigarettes in pregnancy - North East Lincolnshire

Smoke-free when initial contact made after referral from the Midwife. Felt ok but missing the hand to mouth association from smoking. E-cigarette obtained and zero nicotine liquid used. Minimal use of the E-cigarette but was able to overcome the hand to mouth barrier. Continues to be smoke-free but no longer feels the need to use E-cigarette.

Great service from E-cigarette Outlet shop. Gave good information, demonstrated how to use, clean and fill with liquids. Very satisfied with the service. Found the E-cigarette fantastic. Has enabled a reduction in number of cigarettes smoked from 20 plus per day to 3 or 4 per day. Confident will become smoke free in very near future.

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Events

1 October 2021

Stoptober Quit Smoking

The Stoptober Campaign aims to inspire as many smokers as possible to make a quit attempt from 1 October and maintain it for at least 28 days.

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31 May 2021

World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). This year, WNTD took place on the 31st May 2020 and the theme was 'Protecting Youth from Industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use'.

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bear-iconWhy quit

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for you and your baby’s health. At Bump The Habit, we realise it’s a stressful time for you and we are here to give you all the support and help that you need. We offer home visits that work around you and we can also support o ther members of your family to quit at the same time.

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Your pregnancy: complications may include bleeding, detachment of the placenta and ectopic pregnancy. The risk of miscarriage and premature birth is also greater

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Your birth: chance of stillbirth or death within the first week of life is increased by up to one third

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Your baby: on average babies born to women who smoke have low birth weights and are more prone to illness and infections. Your baby is also more likely to suffer defects, such as a cleft palate

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Your child: on average, children born to smokers are smaller, have lower achievements in reading and maths and an increased risk of asthma. Your child is also three times as likely to become a smoker themselves

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New you: stop now and see the effects almost immediately; the carbon monoxide and other chemicals quickly leave your body increasing the oxygen in your blood which supplies your baby

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Myth buster

Myth: I only smoke light cigarettes, so it’s not as bad...

FACT

Smokers who switch to ‘light’ or ‘mild’ brands end up compensating for lower levels of tar and nicotine by inhaling smoke more deeply or by smoking more of each cigarette. If you smoke light cigarettes, you will still be putting harmful chemicals into your body.

Myth: I'm pregnant and have been smoking, so there is no point in stopping now.

FACT

Quitting smoking at any stage of your pregnancy has health benefits for you and your baby. Even after just one day of not smoking, your baby will get more oxygen. This will help your baby’s lungs develop well. Quitting now also lowers your chances of having a baby with low birth weight.

Myth: Quitting smoking will be too stressful on my baby.

FACT

Quitting smoking doesn’t put extra stress on your baby. It’s one of the best things that you can do for your health and your baby’s health during pregnancy—and after the baby is born. By quitting smoking now, you will be protecting your infant from the dangers of secondhand smoke and reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. 

Myth: Smoking fewer cigarettes during pregnancy is OK.

FACT

There is no safe amount of smoking. Every puff of a cigarette releases harmful chemicals that will reach your baby and affect your health too. 

E-cigarettes are also not harmless as they do contain some toxins, but at far lower levels than found in tobacco smoke. If you are pregnant and smoking cigarettes choosing to vape instead may help you to quit smoking and stay smoke free, 

 

Myth: Smoking relaxes me, and being relaxed is better for me and my baby.

FACT

Smoking may make you feel calmer, but it hurts your body more than it helps. The relaxed feeling is only temporary and whatever is causing your stress will likely return. Smoking speeds up your heart rate and increases your blood pressure. It also increases the carbon monoxide in your bloodstream, which means your baby gets less oxygen. 

Myth: There is nothing wrong with having a small baby.

FACT

Smoking during pregnancy increases the chances of having a low birth weight baby. Babies with low birth weight are more likely to have serious health problems than normal weight babies. These problems can affect your baby’s health now, throughout their childhood, and into adulthood. 

Myth: I smoked during my last pregnancy and had a healthy baby, so this next baby will be healthy too.

FACT

Every time you smoke during pregnancy, you put your baby’s health at risk. If you smoked and had a healthy pregnancy in the past that does not mean your next one will be healthy, too.

Myth: Using hookah pipes (hubbly bubbly) is less harmful than cigarette smoking.

FACT

Water pipe smokers, and secondhand smokers exposed to them, are at risk of the same kinds of diseases that are caused by cigarette smoking, including cancer, heart and respiratory diseases, as well as adverse effects during pregnancy.

A World Health Organisation study has suggested that during 1 session on a water pipe (around 20 to 80 minutes), a person can inhale the same amount of smoke as a cigarette smoker consuming 100 or more cigarettes.