It might be very tempting to start smoking again once your baby is born, but staying smokefree is very important for both you and your baby.
Having a smokefree home
A smokefree home is safest for mother and baby, both during and after pregnancy. Key facts about smoking in the home:
- there is no safe level of second hand smoke
- a smokefree home makes relapse less likely
- opening windows doesn’t protect mother or baby from second hand smoke
- tobacco smoke lingers for a long time and much of it is invisible to the naked eye
Each year, children exposed to second hand smoke results in:
- 22,000 new cases of asthma
- 200 cases of bacterial meningitis
- 9,500 hospital admissions
- 40 sudden unexpected deaths in infancy
By staying smokefree your baby may have:
- fewer coughs, colds and ear infections
- better development
- less risk of developing asthma
- less risk of dying from sudden infant death syndrome.
Free support is available for you and your family to help you stop smoking.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is also available for you to help you stop and stay stopped. We know that using NRT while pregnant is safer than smoking, for both you and your baby, and having support from us means you’re much more likely to quit successfully.
We want to support every baby to be born smokefree.