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Ireland: pregnant smokers decreased 25% in 5 years

According to the latest Irish research, smoking during pregnancy has decreased by 25% in the period between 2011 and 2015.

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A study conducted at the Coombe Maternity Hospital in Dublin and published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science has estimated that between 2011 and 2015 the smoking rate among pregnant patients had declined from 14.3% to 10.9%. Higher rates of smoking are more commonly observed in mothers who are younger, and/or come from an unstable social or personal environment.

"Among women who continue to smoke during pregnancy, there is a clustering of adverse lifestyle behavior and psychological problems that may need to be addressed if smoking cessation interventions are going to succeed," the study said.

Of the 42,500 women surveyed, 53% said they never smoked, 35% were classified as former smokers, 11% smoked less than 10 cigarettes a day and 2% smoked more than 10 cigarettes a day.

E-cigarette anyone?

The smoking rate among pregnant patients at the Coombe Maternal Hospital decreased from 14.3% to 10.9% in 5 years. Users of electronic cigarettes totaled 0.1%, which translates into 21 cases, however data on devices only began to register after 2013. An article published in The Irish Times noted that the recent increase On the popularity of electronic devices may have had something to do with the reported drop in smokers in this study, as trends observed in pregnant women.