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Government launches campaign against smoking during pregnancy

Government launches campaign against smoking during pregnancy

The government will launch Friday a new campaign to smoking during pregnancy.

The ministry of Health that mothers often know that smoking is bad for their unborn child, but that they do not always succeed to stop.

Core of the campaign is that these women, more support should be given. According to state secretary Martin van Rijn plays the social environment has a crucial role to help quit smoking: especially the partner, the mother and friends of the pregnant. “The environment we are now going to activate. Every child deserves a non-smoking start,” says Van Rijn.

Nearly 9 percent of the Dutch women smoke daily during pregnancy. For low-skilled women, the percentage is 22 percent.

Miscarriages and abnormalities

Smoking during pregnancy can lead to miscarriages, premature births, birth defects and even death. Children of whom the mother has smoked more risk of cot death, asthma and obesity. The chance is also greater that the child later comes to smoking.

Annually at least sixty babies by smoking pregnant mothers.

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