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Number of Pregnant Women Quitting Smoking Doubles

Monday, December 31, 2018

The number of pregnant women across Greater Glasgow and Clyde who have attempted to quit smoking has doubled to since the launch of Quit Your Way in March. 

Smoking in pregnancy is a leading preventable cause of maternal and neonatal illness and death. 

Around 5,000 foetuses and babies die from smoking during pregnancy annually in the UK. 

Smoking in pregnancy can cost the NHS up to £64 million per year for problems in mothers and up to £23.5 million for infants. 

In addition, the smoking cessation teams exceeded the National Standard for 12 week quits in the 40% most deprived communities with performance on track to again surpass the target. 

Smoking remains the biggest single preventable cause of ill-health and premature death in Scotland.  NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) Quit Your Way services are committed to helping those that want to stop smoking to successfully do so. 

Half of smokers want to quit for good, while a third of deaths amongst those aged 35 to 69 in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are caused by smoking. 

Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC’s Director of Public Health, said: “I am delighted with these new figures – each one of these quits is an individual success story and a new chapter in that person’s life and that of their child. 

“Every child has a right to have the best start in life and growing up in a smokefree environment is an important part of that. 

“We know quitting smoking isn’t easy, but we offer world class smoking cessation services in local community venues and in all pharmacies. 

“Our Quit Your Way services are helping to drive down smoking rates. Our Services provide vital life-saving services for smokers addicted to tobacco and offer the best way of helping people to stop smoking and to stay smoke-free. The service is called Quit Your Way as it takes into account individual circumstances and the treatments that people feel suit them best.” 

Despite the continuing drop in smoking rates across Glasgow, smoking remains the biggest single preventable cause of ill-health and premature death in Scotland. 

Tobacco use accounts for almost one in four of all deaths in Scotland, is responsible for around 33,500 hospital admissions annually and costs the NHS around £400 million every year to treat smoking-related illnesses. 

Smoking is linked to many illnesses and long-term conditions, substantially increasing the chances of developing lung conditions, heart disease, strokes and cancers. 

Tobacco smoke contains approximately 4,000 chemicals many of which cause cancer. Carbon monoxide and tar are the most toxic chemicals smokers inhale. Others include: 

  • Acetone - widely used in nail polish remover
  • Ammonia - found in cleaning fluids
  • Cadmium - a poisonous metal used in batteries
  • Formaldehyde - used to preserve dead bodies
  • Shellac – which becomes a wood varnish when mixed with a form of alcohol 

Anyone looking for help to give up smoking can access a wide variety of services to suit their needs by visiting the Quit Your Way section of the NHSGGC website: 


For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

Pic:  Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health

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Last Updated: 31 December 2018