Whilst Department of Health figures show a decrease in the number of overall smokers in England during the past year, concerns are being raised over a rise in pregnant smokers.
The past decade has seen a significant reduction in the number of teenage girls who smoke – dropping from 31 per cent to 17 per cent. However, whilst there has been an overall decline in the number of young smokers, there has been an increase in the number of teenagers smoking during their pregnancy.
An estimated one in four women continue to smoke when pregnant, and according to findings presented in a meeting at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, only a third of the teenagers managed to give up the habit when pregnant compared with two-thirds of older mothers.
The government is hoping to cut the number of females smokers at the time of giving birth to 11 per cent, compared to today’s figure which currently sits at 13.4 per cent.
Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) have said that women from lower-class backgrounds employed in roles which involve manual labor are more likely to smoke than women in professional or managerial roles.
‘The number of young teenagers smoking is falling fast, but you have to ask yourself, are the most disadvantaged young people getting left behind? said Martin Dockrell, director of policy and research at Ash.
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