Young mums given extra help to quit smoking
Young mums and pregnant women are being offered extra help to give up smoking.
A new website, quitfortwo.co.uk, has been specially developed for women aged 16-25, in desktop and mobile phone friendly versions.
It forms part of a new bid by Lancashire County Council to persuade pregnant women to give up for the sake of their babies’ health.
When the county’s pregnant women turn up for their first booking appointment they will be given an information leaflet, and if they smoke, a wallet-sized card with details of the website and the telephone number for their local stop smoking service.
Midwives will refer smokers to their local stop smoking service who will contact them and make them an appointment.
County Coun Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at Lancashire County Council, said: “The Quit for Two website and publicity not only provide a source of information for pregnant women who smoke, they are a helpful resource for midwives and other health professionals.”
He added: “The critical point is the time between the women receiving their referral phone call and their appointment date with stop smoking services and the website is a vital tool to encourage them to go along to that appointment.
“Teenage women are six times more likely to smoke throughout pregnancy.”