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Support group launched to help pregnant smokers stop

A group has been set up to help pregnant women stop smoking. Photo: Archant

A group has been set up to help pregnant women stop smoking. Photo: Archant

Smokefree Norfolk is launching a support group to help pregnant mums give up smoking called ‘Quit for Me’.

The first of four free weekly meetings will be held at Hellesdon Library at 1.30pm on Monday October 9.

Dr Louise Smith, director of public health for Norfolk, said: “We are working closely with others in the county to tackle the levels of smoking during pregnancy.

“We recognise that some mothers-to-be are reluctant to seek help to stop smoking because they’re worried that they may be harming their baby, but it’s still worth stopping even if you’ve smoked at the start of your pregnancy.

“If you quit by the 15th week of your pregnancy, the risk of your baby being born too early or having a low birth weight is the same as that of a non-smoker.

Smokefree Norfolk is also running stop smoking sessions at libraries across the county during the Stoptober campaign.

These will be at Wroxham Library from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday October 10, at Taverham library from 2.30pm – 5pm on Thursday October 12, Aylsham Library from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday October 19 and Sprowston Library from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday October 31.

Health professionals across Norfolk will also be learning about the latest ways to support pregnant women to stop smoking.

Midwives, health visitors and other healthcare workers have been invited to Dereham Football Club to hear the latest thinking on how to tackle and prevent maternal smoking.

The main speaker is Hilary Wareing, a former general nurse, midwife and health visitor who now leads the work of the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre and sits on Public Health England’s Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group.

The forum has been organised as part of Stoptober, the 28-day national smoking challenge that encourages and supports smokers to quit during October every year.

It is based on the idea that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to be able to kick the habit for good.

For more information or to book a place at the ‘Quit for Me’ sessions call 0800 0854 113 or email ecch.stopsmoking@nhs.net

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