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Women risking babies’ lives by smoking while pregnant

The Argus: Women risking babies’ lives by smoking while pregnant Women risking babies’ lives by smoking while pregnant

ALMOST one in ten women are putting the lives of their unborn babies at risk by smoking while pregnant.

New figures show 1,562 women across Sussex continued to light up during their pregnancy over a one-year period.

Cigarettes can increase the risk of miscarriage or premature birth and the baby could also be born smaller and have birth defects. Giving up smoking is said to improve the health of the mother and they are less likely to suffer complications when they go into labour.

A report published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveals that out of 16,066 pregnancies in the county between April 2013 and the end of March this year, 9.7% of mothers were still smoking throughout.

Numbers have fallen compared to the year before but some parts of the county have significantly higher rates than others. Research has shown that smoking tends to be more prevalent in areas with higher levels of deprivation, such as Hastings, compared to more affluent places, like Horsham.

Just 6.3% of women in Brighton and Hove, 185, still smoked, putting it among the best performing areas in the country. The national average is 12%.

All midwives in the city are trained to give brief advice to pregnant women on the health benefits of stopping smoking.

Pregnant women are also offered carbon monoxide readings at their first booking-in appointment. This alone can be a wake-up call and a huge motivation to stop.

The highest rate was in Hastings and Rother, where 19.2% of pregnant women, 342, were still lighting up, while East Sussex Downs and Weald stood at 11.9% and Coastal West Sussex 11.2%.

Horsham and Chanctonbury had the lowest rate in the county at just 5%.

The actual number could be higher because not every mother may admit that they are continuing to smoke.

An East Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “Stopping smoking is one of the best things a mother can do to ensure their child enjoys a healthy start in life. Latest data shows that whilst we have seen a very small reduction in the percentage of women who smoke during pregnancy in Hastings and Rother, it continues to be significantly higher than for England overall and is a major area of concern.

“We would urge all pregnant women or women who smoke and are thinking of having a baby to contact our local stop smoking service on 0800 622 6968, text the words ‘smokefree’ to 66777, email quit51@nhs.net, or speak to their GP, midwife or healthcare professional.”

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11:17am Sun 22 Jun 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Women should stop having kids when they can't even support themselves.
Hastings and Rother - I assume it's the parents buying cigs for the mums - as so many can't be old enough to buy their own yet. Still, plenty of money from the social for booze and a new tattoo for the grandparents.
Besides, if some of them give up tobacco then what would they mix with their cannabis? That would have a knock-on effect when chilling after the vodka/energy drink, ecstasy and meow blow-out over their weekend? Honestly, some of these do-gooders just don't seem to see the bigger picture...(written on behalf of Tyler Wayne Slobfunky DJ the Fourth) Father of 7 unwanted kids, Age 20, Hobbies include: collecting ASBOs and blaming immigrants for everything).
Women should stop having kids when they can't even support themselves. Hastings and Rother - I assume it's the parents buying cigs for the mums - as so many can't be old enough to buy their own yet. Still, plenty of money from the social for booze and a new tattoo for the grandparents. Besides, if some of them give up tobacco then what would they mix with their cannabis? That would have a knock-on effect when chilling after the vodka/energy drink, ecstasy and meow blow-out over their weekend? Honestly, some of these do-gooders just don't seem to see the bigger picture...(written on behalf of Tyler Wayne Slobfunky DJ the Fourth) Father of 7 unwanted kids, Age 20, Hobbies include: collecting ASBOs and blaming immigrants for everything). From beer to uncertainty
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2:01pm Sun 22 Jun 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

It's very sad to read that there are so many women out there who can't even be bothered to give up smoking when pregnant. I'm not optimistic that they will be good mothers if this is how selfish they are.

It's shameful and downright disgusting.
It's very sad to read that there are so many women out there who can't even be bothered to give up smoking when pregnant. I'm not optimistic that they will be good mothers if this is how selfish they are. It's shameful and downright disgusting. getThisCoalitionOut
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3:14pm Sun 22 Jun 14

harleyrider1777 says...

Women risking babies’ lives by smoking while pregnant

Roflmao so I guess the Baby Boomers were never born and died at birth seeing as how they were born in the smokiest generation to all those smoking moms!

You people and your junk statistical studies are INSANE!
Women risking babies’ lives by smoking while pregnant Roflmao so I guess the Baby Boomers were never born and died at birth seeing as how they were born in the smokiest generation to all those smoking moms! You people and your junk statistical studies are INSANE! harleyrider1777
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3:15pm Sun 22 Jun 14

harleyrider1777 says...

This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke:

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Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds.

By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News.

Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.

What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.

“I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study...............
............

Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it!

The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered:

Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year.

146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY.

A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose.

Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!
This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke: http://vitals.nbcnew s.com/_news/2013/01/ 28/16741714-lungs-fr om-pack-a-day-smoker s-safe-for-transplan t-study-finds?lite Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds. By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News. Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe. What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none. “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study............... ............ Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it! The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered: Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year. 146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY. A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose. Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh! harleyrider1777
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3:16pm Sun 22 Jun 14

harleyrider1777 says...

In more rational times, before the anti-tobacco hysteria began in earnest, women who smoked continued to smoke and enjoy other normal pleasures of life without guilt during their pregnancies. Many even smoked during labor to help them relax and take the edge off their pain. If their doctors mentioned smoking at all, it would be to advise them to perhaps cut down if they were heavy smokers, something which most did intuitively because they didn’t “feel” like smoking as much.
But pity the poor Bolton smoker today who becomes pregnant, because she will be told that if she continues to smoke at all (or have any alcohol or caffeine) during her pregnancy, she is putting her developing fetus at high risk of death or disability.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Though there is considerable evidence showing that on average the babies of women who smoke during pregnancy weigh on average a few ounces less than babies of women who do not smoke and that the rate of low birthweight babies is somewhat higher for smokers, there is no credible evidence for the hyperbolic claims that the babies of smokers have a higher mobidity and mortality rate. Quite the contrary, the babies of women who smoke during pregnancy have a better survival rate ounce for ounce, a somewhat lower rate of congenital defects, a lower rate of Down’s syndrome, a lower rate of infant respiratory distress syndrome and a somewhat lower rate of childhood cancer than do the babies of non-smokers.

Dr. Richard L. Naeye, a leading obstetrical researcher who studied more than 58,000 pregnancies, states unequivocally:

“We recently found no significant association between maternal smoking and either stillbirths or neonatal deaths when information about the underlying disorders, obtained from placental examinations, was incorporated into the analyses. Similar analyses found no correlation between maternal smoking and preterm birth. The most frequent initiating causes of preterm birth, stillbirth, and neonatal death are acute chorioamnionitis, disorders that produce chronic low blood flow from the uterus to the placenta, and major congenital malformations. There is no credible evidence that cigarette smoking has a role in the genesis of any of these disorders.”
In more rational times, before the anti-tobacco hysteria began in earnest, women who smoked continued to smoke and enjoy other normal pleasures of life without guilt during their pregnancies. Many even smoked during labor to help them relax and take the edge off their pain. If their doctors mentioned smoking at all, it would be to advise them to perhaps cut down if they were heavy smokers, something which most did intuitively because they didn’t “feel” like smoking as much. But pity the poor Bolton smoker today who becomes pregnant, because she will be told that if she continues to smoke at all (or have any alcohol or caffeine) during her pregnancy, she is putting her developing fetus at high risk of death or disability. Nothing could be further from the truth. Though there is considerable evidence showing that on average the babies of women who smoke during pregnancy weigh on average a few ounces less than babies of women who do not smoke and that the rate of low birthweight babies is somewhat higher for smokers, there is no credible evidence for the hyperbolic claims that the babies of smokers have a higher mobidity and mortality rate. Quite the contrary, the babies of women who smoke during pregnancy have a better survival rate ounce for ounce, a somewhat lower rate of congenital defects, a lower rate of Down’s syndrome, a lower rate of infant respiratory distress syndrome and a somewhat lower rate of childhood cancer than do the babies of non-smokers. Dr. Richard L. Naeye, a leading obstetrical researcher who studied more than 58,000 pregnancies, states unequivocally: “We recently found no significant association between maternal smoking and either stillbirths or neonatal deaths when information about the underlying disorders, obtained from placental examinations, was incorporated into the analyses. Similar analyses found no correlation between maternal smoking and preterm birth. The most frequent initiating causes of preterm birth, stillbirth, and neonatal death are acute chorioamnionitis, disorders that produce chronic low blood flow from the uterus to the placenta, and major congenital malformations. There is no credible evidence that cigarette smoking has a role in the genesis of any of these disorders.” harleyrider1777
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5:12pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Zeta Function says...

Smokers are addicts.

They are addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes.

This addiction serves the interests of the tobacco industry.

A packet of 10 around £4.00. 1 pack a day comes to, approx., £28 a week. This expenditure is a big hole in household income, especially low income households..

So giving up smoking is a no brainer. Financially and for health reasons.

Oh and how about a ban on supermarkets selling tobacco products?

Smoking seriously harms you and others around you and inside you.
Smokers are addicts. They are addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes. This addiction serves the interests of the tobacco industry. A packet of 10 around £4.00. 1 pack a day comes to, approx., £28 a week. This expenditure is a big hole in household income, especially low income households.. So giving up smoking is a no brainer. Financially and for health reasons. Oh and how about a ban on supermarkets selling tobacco products? Smoking seriously harms you and others around you and inside you. Zeta Function
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5:17pm Sun 22 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

If smoking is bad for an adult, it doesn't need much intelligence to work out that it is also bad for the unborn.

The law says that a mother-to-be has 22 weeks in order to have the unborn legally killed. Beyond that, it has a right-to-life which is endangered by smoking.
If smoking is bad for an adult, it doesn't need much intelligence to work out that it is also bad for the unborn. The law says that a mother-to-be has 22 weeks in order to have the unborn legally killed. Beyond that, it has a right-to-life which is endangered by smoking. stevo!!
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10:49pm Sun 22 Jun 14

KarenT says...

Never understand the connection between deprivation and heavy smoking. Cigarettes are now between £6 and £9 per pack. A pack a day habit is going to set you back as much as £270 per month! Where do they get the cash??? I couldn't afford that and I'm not living on benefits with loads of sprogs to feed and clothe.
Never understand the connection between deprivation and heavy smoking. Cigarettes are now between £6 and £9 per pack. A pack a day habit is going to set you back as much as £270 per month! Where do they get the cash??? I couldn't afford that and I'm not living on benefits with loads of sprogs to feed and clothe. KarenT
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