Barnsley's smoking in pregnancy rate at its lowest in a decade

The number of women smoking during their pregnancy in Barnsley has dropped, latest figures show.

Recent data shows the smoking status at the time of delivery for pregnant women has reduced from 16 per cent to 14.6 percent - a drop of 1.4 per cent.

The rate of 14.6 per cent is the lowest recorded in Barnsley since 2010/11 and is close to the regional average for Yorkshire and Humberside (14 per cent).

Meanwhile, the gap between the Barnsley average and the national average has come down from 8.4 per cent in 2010/11 to 4.2 per cent in 2019/20.

Councillor Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: "These figures are promising and show we are moving in a positive direction.

"We're delighted to halve the gap between our average and the national average over the past decade, but we know there is still plenty more to be done as we aspire to make smoking invisible and create a smoke-free generation in Barnsley.

"There is plenty of support available in the local area, particularly from NHS Yorkshire Smokefree. I would encourage any resident who wants to quit smoking to get in touch with them if they need any help."

Smokers can find out how to get help with their quit attempts by visiting www.todayistheday.co.uk or the NHS Yorkshire smoke-free service at www.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk.

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