Smoking during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirths and affect development.

Smoking in Pregnancy

  • In the UK, smoking during pregnancy is the cause of around 5000 miscarriages, 300 stillbirths and 2200 premature births every year.
  • Smoking is still a major cause of newborn deaths, early births and babies born with low weights.
  • Women that smoke have more difficulty getting pregnant than those that don’t.
  • Babies born to women who smoke during pregnancy are 40% more likely to die within the first four weeks of life.
  • Smoking in pregnancy may also lead to long term physical growth problems and intellectual development of the child.
'Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life.'

NHS