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Darlington and Stockton Times: More than one in five of women who gave birth in the Durham, Darlington and Tees area were still smoking More than one in five of women who gave birth in the Durham, Darlington and Tees area were still smoking

PARTS of the North-East had the highest proportion of women who were still smoking when they gave birth last year, according to new figures.

More than one in five (20.6 per cent) of women who gave birth in the Durham, Darlington and Tees area were still smoking, making it the worst NHS area in the country.

By contrast, in the London area only around one in 20 (5.1 per cent) of women were still smokers when they gave birth.

The figures for 2013-14 prompted the British Lung Foundation to call for the North-East to be given extra help to tackle high smoking rates during pregnancy.

The Durham, Darlington and Tees figure was significantly higher than the overall North of England figure of 16.2 per cent of women giving birth who still smoked.

The area with the highest proportion of women smoking at the time of delivery within the Durham, Darlington and Tees area was South Tees, where 23.9 per cent were still smokers.

The Durham, Darlington and Tees figure was also higher than the overall figure of 16.5 per cent for the neighbouring Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS area.

Nationally the proportion of women who classed themselves as smokers fell to 12 per cent compared to 12.7 per cent the previous year.

Dr Nick Hopkinson, medical adviser to the British Lung Foundation, said it was “excellent news” that fewer women across England were smoking at the time of giving birth but said the wide variation in smoking rates is a cause for concern.

“Resources to help people to quit need to be targeted especially at areas where rates are still high such as the North-East,” she said.

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6:13pm Thu 19 Jun 14

DarloXman says...

Selfish idiots.
Selfish idiots. DarloXman
  • Score: 3

6:51pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Mike2012 says...

Sickens me whenever I (fairly often) see this, what argument against doing it could they possibly have? Ignorance in it's extreme.
Sickens me whenever I (fairly often) see this, what argument against doing it could they possibly have? Ignorance in it's extreme. Mike2012
  • Score: 1

8:02pm Thu 19 Jun 14

laboursfoe says...

Selfish, ignorant or just plain thick????

In 2014, with all the information and proof around this region continues to let itself down in the health department....
Selfish, ignorant or just plain thick???? In 2014, with all the information and proof around this region continues to let itself down in the health department.... laboursfoe
  • Score: 4

10:25pm Thu 19 Jun 14

spragger says...

Its all those cheap, ripped off ciggies from the Boro
Its all those cheap, ripped off ciggies from the Boro spragger
  • Score: -2

10:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

StanLaurels_CamelToe says...

One of the main principals of parenting is to make sacrifices to reflect the change in life. For example, not going out every Friday and getting hammered, foregoing the nice car, not booking the 2 weeks in Barbados etc.

Why pregnant women won't make the sacrifice of kicking a drug addiction which starves the unborn of oxygen, chemically overdoses the foetus and guarantees a significant chance of abnormalities is beyond me. After all, there isn't a single person in the world who isn't aware of these risks, they are rammed down our throats in all media outlets.

Don't get me wrong, I know it's not as easy as just not getting a packet of fags one day. I'm a smoker and understand the addiction.

But the bottom line is, if I was told that my kids health, lives and future depended on one action you could get your balls to a barn dance I'd do it. I'm terrified of heights but if I was told to scale the Shard Tower without ropes to guarantee my kids future I'd race anyone reading this comment to the top.

Rant over, stop being so bloody selfish!
One of the main principals of parenting is to make sacrifices to reflect the change in life. For example, not going out every Friday and getting hammered, foregoing the nice car, not booking the 2 weeks in Barbados etc. Why pregnant women won't make the sacrifice of kicking a drug addiction which starves the unborn of oxygen, chemically overdoses the foetus and guarantees a significant chance of abnormalities is beyond me. After all, there isn't a single person in the world who isn't aware of these risks, they are rammed down our throats in all media outlets. Don't get me wrong, I know it's not as easy as just not getting a packet of fags one day. I'm a smoker and understand the addiction. But the bottom line is, if I was told that my kids health, lives and future depended on one action you could get your balls to a barn dance I'd do it. I'm terrified of heights but if I was told to scale the Shard Tower without ropes to guarantee my kids future I'd race anyone reading this comment to the top. Rant over, stop being so bloody selfish! StanLaurels_CamelToe
  • Score: 6

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