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Smoking Cessation

  • Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for you and your child's health
  • You are four times more likely to quit with support whilst using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)  or stop smoking medication
  • NRT and stop smoking medications such as Varenicline (Champix) are available on prescription. Free for those who are exempt from prescription charges.
  • Vaping or using E-cigarettes is considered 95% safer than smoking tobacco.  Switching completely from smoking to vaping will give you substantial health benefits 
  • Stop smoking support is available at most GP Surgeries, some pharmacies and with Health Trainers across Wiltshire


  • Every cigarette you have starves your unborn baby of oxygen - get help to become smoke free
  • Stopping smoking early in pregnancy can almost completely prevent damage to your baby
  • Stopping smoking at any time  during pregnancy reduces the risk of damage - it's never to late to quit
  • If you are unable to stop on your own you are able to use NRT and should be supported if you wish to use an e-cigarettes  2015 evidence review

Second Hand Smoke (SHS)

  • Keep your home smokefree - if you smoke make sure you smoke outside
  • Second hand smoke is particularly dangerous for children as they are at higher risk of respiratory infections, asthma and bacterial meningitis
  • Babies exposed to second-hand smoke are more at risk of cot death
  • It is illegal to smoke in vehicles if you have someone who is under 18 with you.
  • There is emerging evidence that third-hand smoke, the particulate toxins remaining once second-hand smoke has dissipated, contains carcinogens which will increase risks to health

Support for Pregnant Women

  • National smoking prevalence - 15.5%
  • Wiltshire smoking prevalence - 13.9%
  • Smoking at Time of Delivery: National - 10.7% Wiltshire 9.7%
  • Further information on data

Smoking Resources to download

BLOOM leaflet PDF (1mb)
PIMS leaflet PDF (1mb)

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Last updated: 20 March 2019 | Last reviewed: 20 March 2019