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Stopping smoking while pregnant

The health benefits of giving up smoking begin the moment you stop, and continue to increase over time.

When you’re pregnant, stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to help your baby be healthy.

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Stopping smoking will reduce the risk of complications in pregnancy and stillbirth, it will also reduce the risk of your baby being born prematurely and needing help to breathe.

Stopping smoking will reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

By stopping smoking, you will also help your child when they’re older, as it will reduce the risk of health conditions such as asthma, glue ear, ear infections and other diseases that need hospital treatment.

It’s against the law to smoke in public buildings, and is illegal to smoke in any private vehicle carrying people under the age of 18.

The sooner you give up smoking the better, even if it’s later on in your pregnancy.

There will be a stop smoking service near you that can help you give up, providing expert support and stop smoking medications for free.  If you would like to use e-cigarettes to stop smoking, they can help with that too.

Page last reviewed: 23-11-2022

Next review due: 23-11-2025