The Department of Health (DH) asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to produce public health guidance on interventions aimed at stopping smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth.

The 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 in pregnancy 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, those who are pregnant and those who already have children, as well as their partners and families and other members of the public.

This guidance will complement, but will not replace, other NICE guidance on smoking prevention and cessation as well as guidance on identifying and supporting people most at risk of dying prematurely and behaviour change (for further details, see section 7). This guidance updates recommendations on smoking in NICE's clinical guideline on antenatal care.

The Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee (PHIAC) developed these recommendations on the basis of reviews of the evidence, economic modelling, expert advice, stakeholder comments and fieldwork.

Members of PHIAC are listed in appendix A. The methods used to develop the guidance are summarised in appendix B.

Supporting documents used to prepare this document are listed in appendix E. Full details of the evidence collated, including fieldwork data and activities and stakeholder comments, are available on the NICE website, along with a list of the stakeholders involved and NICE's supporting process and methods manuals.

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