A study that took place at the Coombe Maternity Hospital in Dublin and was published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science, has calculated that between 2011 and 2015, the smoking rate amongst their pregnant patients had dropped from 14.3% to 10.9%. The highest smoking rates being more commonly witnessed in mothers who are younger, and/or come from an unstable social or personal background.
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“Amongst women who continue to smoke during pregnancy, there is a clustering of adverse lifestyle behaviour and psychological problems that may need to be addressed if smoking cessation interventions are going to succeed.” said the study.
From the 42,500 women who were surveyed 53% said they never smoked, 35% classified themselves as ex smokers, 11% smoked less than 10 cigarettes a day and 2% unfortunately smoked even more than 10 cigarettes a day.
Electronic cigarettes anyone?
The study points out that there is no evidence about the safety of using electronic cigarettes during pregnancy, however one may argue that if the devices are 95% safer than regular cigarettes in normal circumstances, more studies such as the one taking place in Scotland, exploring the opportunity that switching to vaping during pregnancy may hold, should be encouraged.