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Quitting Smoking in Pregnancy and Following Childbirth (PH 26)


National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Subject Keywords: Guidance on how to stop smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Type: Guideline
Region: United Kingdom

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.



Rights: © 2010 National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
Suggested citation:

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. (2010) Quitting Smoking in Pregnancy and Following Childbirth (PH 26) [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 23rd August 2019].


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