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Smoking during pregnancy


  1. Support to quit smoking 
  2. Pregnancy and smoking 

Pregnancy and smoking

Pregnancy is a great reason to give up smoking.

Quitting is one of the best things you can do to give your baby the best start in life. The sooner you start your quit attempt and stop smoking completely, the better it is for you and your baby, but it's never too late to stop smoking. 

Nicotine is very addictive so it's really important to get the right support to help you give up smoking.

How we can help you

We're here to help. Our stop smoking advisors can give you, your partner and family free support to quit smoking for good.

  • Specialist one to one support and advice 
  • Nicotine replacement therapy 
  • Best Start in Life vouchers for reaching different milestones

Ask for support 

You can ask for help for yourself or for someone you know.

Health professionals can also use this form to refer patients.

Request help to stop smoking

Or, speak to your stop smoking adviser: 

Support is from UCan, which is ran by South Tyneside Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and Inspire. 

Best Start in Life vouchers 

Your midwife will give you a £0 balance Love2Shop card and refer you to the South Tyneside Stop Smoking Service.

A stop smoking advisor from your nearest Children's centre will contact you to make you an appointment.

You will get top ups on your card for reaching different milestones. The milestones are:

  1. Setting a quit date - £25
  2. Reaching 4 weeks quit - £75
  3. Reaching 12 weeks quit - £100
  4. Reaching 35 weeks quit - £100

You will need to activate your card on the Love2Shop website before you can spend the credit.

Benefits of stopping smoking in pregnancy

Stopping smoking now you are pregnant will have lots of benefits to both you and your baby, during your pregnancy and afterwards.

You will reduce your risk of:

  • Miscarriage
  • Premature Birth
  • Still Birth
  • Sickness during pregnancy
  • Heart Disease and
  • Cancer

You will reduce the risk to your baby of:

  • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • A low birth rate
  • Asthma
  • ADHD
  • Colic
  • Ear Infections
  • Respiratory Infection

For more information on how smoking affects your baby and the benefits of stopping smoking in pregnancy, please visit Stop smoking in pregnancy.

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