Smoke Free Pregnancies

Smoke Free Pregnancies

Smoking rates during pregnancy have steadily decreased in Tasmania from 26.9 per cent in 2008 to 12.9 per cent in 2015.

While this decrease is encouraging, many Tasmanian women continue to smoke during pregnancy.

Maternal smoking by women under 20 years of age is also particularly high at around 35 per cent.

The high rate of smoking by women of child bearing age is a major concern for the health and wellbeing of both the mother and unborn child.

Maternal smoking is associated with increased risk of stillbirth, premature birth and low birth weight.

Low birth weight is also a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease later in life.

These are outlined in A Smoke Free Start for Every Tasmanian Baby: A Plan for Acton - 2014 to 2017.

The Tobacco Control Coalition has established a working group to progress actions to reduce the high rates of smoking during pregnancy.

More information

Smoking in pregnancy fact sheet

Smoking in pregnancy fact or fiction

Quit Tasmania – Smoking in pregnancy resources

December 2017