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Shocking statistics of pregnancy smoking revealed

Tuesday December 22 2015


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SHOCKING statistics have revealed that one fifth of pregnant women in Barnsley smoke.

The report released by public health experts says the number of women smoking throughout pregnancy in our borough is almost double to the statistics elsewhere in the country.

It also shows that one in ten 15-year-olds smoke. It is estimated that £62 million per year is spent on tobacco by the smokers of Barnsley. This is on average around £1323 per smoker per year.

The report says: "Smoking prevalence in Barnsley is reducing but we still have one of the highest smoking rates in the country

"Smokefree Play Parks will be implemented in targeted areas with the highest smoking prevalence."
Schools will also be able to refer students for stop smoking services as part of an ambitious plan announced for next year.



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Reply Posted by Tom on Tuesday December 22 2015 at 08:21
Persecuting smokers does far more harm to a person and their children than smoking, and the risks of smoking whilst pregnant pale into insignificance when compared with other risk factors such as age.

And as people comment and make silly unfounded claims, which before have gone as far as suggesting killing children and forcibly removing them from smokers, for the 'crime' of smoking. People ought bare in mind, that having a baby at age 35 is far more dangerous than having a baby in your twenties whilst smoking 20 a day.

Reply Posted by Al on Tuesday December 22 2015 at 09:50
Show me your source then Tom to back up that absurd stat at the bottom of your paragraph.

Reply Posted by Informed on Tuesday December 22 2015 at 12:59
"Persecuting smokers does far more harm to a person and their children than smoking, and the risks of smoking whilst pregnant pale into insignificance when compared with other risk factors such as age.

And as people comment and make silly unfounded claims, which before have gone as far as suggesting killing children and forcibly removing them from smokers, for the 'crime' of smoking. People ought bare in mind, that having a baby at age 35 is far more dangerous than having a baby in your twenties whilst smoking 20 a day."

What complete and utter crap.

It has been well documented by NICE that smoking whilst pregnant increases the chances of infant mortality by roughly 40%. It is known to cause complications during labour, as well as sudden unexpected death in infants.

Don't smoke, don't drink, don't take drugs, don't be obese. Eat healthily, exercise, and generally look after yourself and you'll give your child the best possible chance in life, it's that simple. Why would you do anything other than that? Unfortunately, it seems that some people are just too simple to understand that.


Reply Posted by Fred on Tuesday December 22 2015 at 15:28
Tom you are an ill informed idiot !

Reply Posted by Breathless on Wednesday December 30 2015 at 17:56
As a brittle asthmatic I welcome any imitative to reduce the amount or smokers in the area. For me smoke is a potent trigger for severe asthma attacks, often requiring hospitalisation, even smoke residue on a persons clothing is enough to cause an attack. I have had to get off buses before due to smoke residue on another passengers clothing triggering my asthma. I cannot even shop in Barnsley town centre due to the amount of smoke drifting around there. People think that being outside means their smoke dissipates instantly but it is not true. It hangs around for a surprisingly long time and when smokers congregate around doorways not only do they make it difficult for people like me to enter the shopping centres but the smoke often drifts into the buildings as well. For this reason I fully support the idea of smoke free children's play areas.

The worst thing is that when I start coughing UNCONTROLABLY due to someone's smoke the smoker usually gives me a dirty look as though I've insulted them! Nobody is persecuting smokers, just trying educate them so they can minimise the effect that their smoking on others. If you choose to see that as persecution that says a lot more about you than me. A lot of public resources go towards HELPING smokers quit should they want to which will improve their health and possibly that of those around them, not to mention increasing your bank balance.

Reply Posted by Tiffany rogers on Wednesday December 30 2015 at 19:23
What a ridiculous comment that smoking doesn't harm unborn babies!!
Can cause the placenta to rupture which causes almost immediate death for baby,
If you get pregnant and create a life look after that life and make a 9 month sacrifice, think of the women who can't have children of have lost them,



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