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In brief: Smoking During Pregnancy
Emma Tominey
February 2008
Paper No' CEPCP241:
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CentrePiece 12 (3) Winter 2008

Women who smoke in early pregnancy should not be written off as 'too late' to help, according to research by Emma Tominey. Harm to the baby is essentially reduced to zero if the mother quits by month five of the pregnancy.

But the study also suggests that while stopping mothers smoking during pregnancy is important, it is only half the battle. It calls on the government to alter radically its policy on helping pregnant women quit smoking, in particular targeting the children of low-educated mothers. A much more holistic approach to improving child health in pregnancy is needed to help thousands of children break out of the poverty trap.

This article summarises Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy and Early Child Outcomes by Emma Tominey, CEP Discussion Paper No. 828