Quitting smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth (PH26)
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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.
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: smoking
This page was last updated: 08 April 2014
Implementation tools and resources
- Costing template
- Slide set
- Tobacco control return on investment tool for local government
- Complications in pregnancy: online educational tool
- PH26 Quitting smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth: self-assessment tool
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