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43% of women who quit smoking during pregnancy return soon after giving birth

Figures suggest that two third who managed to quit for nine months return within first six months of having their baby

43% of pregnant women return to smoking soon after their baby’s born

Despite giving up smoking for their pregnancy, new research shows 43% go back within six months of giving birth

Two thirds mums return to smoking

  • 43% of pregnant women start smoking again once baby born

Pregnant woman breaking a cigarette

New figures reveal that two fifths, 43%, of mothers who quit smoking during their pregnancy actually take up the habit again soon after their babies are born.

Data from 11 trials involving 571 women, discovered that 43% of women who managed to quit smoking during their nine months of pregnancy, will go back to cigarettes within six months of their babies being born.

Researchers from the University of York and University of Nottingham have said that parents who start smoking again are increasing their children’s likelihood of taking up the habit and exposing their young children to health risks associated with passive smoking.

The study also found that only a ‘minority’ of women who tried to quit smoking achieved their goal of stopping smoking by the end of their pregnancy.

Two thirds mums return to smoking

  • 43% of pregnant women start smoking again once baby born

43% of women who quit smoking during pregnancy return soon after giving birth