Offering support

It is important to emphasise the specific risks of smoking and second-hand smoke with pregnant women as most are aware that smoking can be harmful but may not know the level of risk they are taking or the potential harm to their baby. For information on how to raise the issue of tobacco use and pregnancy, practitioners may refer to A Guide to Smoking Cessation in Scotland 2010: Helping smokers to stop.(in particular pages 24-30)

There are many resources available to directly support women to quit and there may be specific support for pregnant women and their partners and family members. Early intervention and signposting women towards local and sustained support are important. Some useful resources include:

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