Smoking and cessation strategies in pregnancy

Research output: Contribution to journalMagazine ArticleProfessional


After completing this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:
• Describe the prevalence and risks of smoking during pregnancy.
• Describe the options available for smoking cessation in pregnancy.
• Provide evidence-based advice to support smoking cessation in pregnancy.

It is well recognised that smoking cigarettes during pregnancy can have harmful effects on both the mother and her developing foetus. Tobacco smoke delivers not only nicotine but also toxins and carcinogens, including polycyclic hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. These can potentially damage all body organs, including the reproductive tract. Tobacco smoking during pregnancy is the most common preventable risk factor for pregnancy complications. This article
will briefly review the prevalence and health impact of smoking in pregnancy, and strategies – non-pharmacological and pharmacological – available for pharmacists to support women to reduce their perinatal smoking risk.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-72
Number of pages3
JournalRetail Pharmacy
Issue numberAPR
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


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