Quitting smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth

NICE guidelines [PH26] Published date:

Review decision: 

This guidance will not be updated - the guidance remains current.

Next review date: July 2015

This guidance is for NHS and other commissioners, managers and practitioners who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, helping women to stop smoking when pregnant and following childbirth. This includes those working in: local authorities,education and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors.

It may also be of interest to women who:

  • are planning a pregnancy
  • are pregnant
  • have an infant aged up to 12 months (as well as their partners and families and other members of the public).

NICE says all pregnant women who smoke – and all those who are planning a pregnancy or who have an infant aged under 12 months – should be referred for help to quit smoking.

The eight recommendations include advice on:

  • How NHS professionals and others working in the public, community and voluntary sectors can identify women (including teenagers) who smoke when they attend an appointment or meeting.
  • How to refer them to NHS Stop Smoking Services (or the equivalent).
  • How NHS Stop Smoking Services staff (and staff from equivalent, non-NHS services) should contact and support all women who have been referred for help.
  • How to help their partners or ‘significant others’ who smoke.
  • When and how nicotine replacement therapy and other pharmacological support should be offered.
  • Training for professionals.

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