Smoking in pregnancy

Smoking while pregnant, or breathing in second hand smoke from a partner, friends or family, negatively effects your health and your unborn baby's health. It is important you quit for the duration of your pregnancy. Health Trainers will be able to help and support you.

How does smoking affect wellbeing during pregnancy?

The risks of smoking during pregnancy are serious, from premature delivery to increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or sudden infant death. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you and your partner can do to help your baby develop healthily during pregnancy and beyond.

How can I improve my wellbeing?

When you stop smoking, both you and your baby will feel the benefits immediately. Carbon monoxide and other chemicals will quickly leave your body. This means that there'll be more oxygen in your blood, making you and your baby much healthier. No matter what stage you're at in your pregnancy, it's never too late to stop smoking. It can be difficult, but smoking is much more harmful to your baby than any stress quitting may bring.

If you want to quit smoking you are far more likely to be successful if you quit with support.

Use the services below to find support:

How to help others

How can I help a teenager?

The younger you start smoking, the greater the damage you can do to your body. Quitting smoking is easier with support. Encourage teenagers to get in touch with East Riding Health Trainers.

How can I help a friend or relative?

It is hard to convince someone to stop smoking until they have decided to quit for themselves. Encourage your friend to contact Health Trainers or share the free services available above. Be supportive of their endeavours to quit, and remain positive.

I'm a care worker. How can I help my client?

Refer them to Health Trainers who can start a personalised support plan.

How can I help people in the workplace?

PHE (Public Health England) found that around one in four workers in manual and routine roles, and one in eight managerial and professional roles, smoked. Smoking is not only bad for your employees and your health, but can have wider consequences for the workplace. People who smoke take an average of two to three more days sick leave per year compared to non-smokers.

Since 2007, the smoke-free legislation banned smoking in enclosed and public spaces. This covers most work environments. A worker can be fined up to £200 in England and Wales as a penalty for smoking in the workplace. As part of the legislation, employers must display 'no smoking' signs in workplaces and vehicles, and are responsible for making sure nobody smokes in the area. This carries penalties of up to £1,000 and £2,500 respectively if the business fails to do so. Read more about the law.

Smoking is addictive and becomes a hard habit to break. Employees who smoke will look for areas they can legally smoke during their work hours. It is up to the employer to discuss if and where an allocated space to smoke safely is in their smoking policy. However, the needs of non-smokers must be prioritised to so no employee is forced to breathe second-hand smoke.

eCigarettes and vaping are not part of the smoke-free ban, and are left to the disclosure of the employer if they are allowed to be used on the premises.

Improve the wellbeing at your workplace by sharing the free services available above in common areas. Many of the listed websites have posters that can be downloaded and printed, or why not join in with Stoptober events. It has been found quitting is easier when you have the support of friends or colleagues.

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