Going smoke-free in pregnancy

At Quit4Life, we support all who live or work in Hampshire who want to give up smoking. We are proud to have a specialist pregnancy service, to help improve your health, reduce the risk of complications and to give your baby the best possible start in life.

maternity-1828816_1920Quit4Life are here to help you, no matter what stage of pregnancy you are in. We offer a bespoke smoking in pregnancy service to support families who are expecting, and we can also advise on how to develop a smoke-free home for those who already have children.

At Quit4Life we won’t lecture you or force you to give up smoking – we simply help and support you when you are ready to give up.

We’ve put together a short myth-busting page below, to help dispel some of the concerns you may have about contacting Quit4Life when you’re pregnant.


  1. Myth one: “If I smoke during pregnancy and need help to quit, people will judge me.”

Fact: Quit4Life advisers will not judge you, they just want to help keep your baby safe. They will be very pleased to see you and we encourage mums-to-be to see us at any stage of pregnancy.

If you are still worried about other people judging you, we can offer telephone support and you can be seen on a one-to-one basis.


2. Myth two: “I can’t use any medication to help me quit smoking when I am pregnant. I’ll just have to go ‘cold turkey’.”

Fact:  Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), such as patches and gum, are generally very safe to be used during pregnancy and make it much easier to quit and stay quit. Your Quit4Life adviser can give these to you for FREE if you are pregnant, as long as you are staying smoke-free.


3. Myth three:I’m pregnant and have cut down to two cigarettes a day, so I don’t need to quit!”

Fact: Making changes to your smoking habit is a good step in the right direction, however, any amount of smoking during pregnancy increases the risks of miscarriage, preterm labour and stillbirth. Stopping smoking completely will give your baby the best chance of a healthy start in life. Quit4Life can help you with this, no matter how much you smoke or what stage of pregnancy you are at.


4. Myth four: I smoked throughout my other pregnancies and my babies were fine. So this time it will be the same.”

Fact: That’s great news that your last pregnancies went well – but of course we can rarely say for sure that children haven’t suffered any long-term effects. However, please remember that each individual pregnancy is unique and comes with a new set of risks. The only way to reduce these risks is to quit smoking completely. It will also mean that your other children are protected from the health problems associated with second-hand smoke AND are less likely to grow up as smokers themselves.


5. Myth five: “I can’t use an e-cigarette during pregnancySIPe-cig infographic-page-001 and that’s the only thing that will help me to quit.”

Fact: Although the safest quit smoking products  to use in pregnancy are nicotine replacements (such as gum and patches), if you find vaping more helpful this is much better for you and your baby than smoking cigarettes. E-cigarettes aren’t entirely risk free, but current evidence shows that they are much less harmful than smoking tobacco. And if vaping helps you quit smoking, this is much better as e-cigs won’t expose your baby to the tar and carbon monoxide in cigarettes. Quit4Life can help and advise you on switching to vaping.


And remember it’s not just mums who benefit from going smoke-free – read our advice for dads here, and find out how partners can help in protecting the health of your precious arrival.


We hope you’ve found a few answers to your questions, but of course we are here to help YOU. Please call us on 0845 602 4663 or 01252 335120, fill out the form on our website, or e-mail: quit4life@nhs.net and we will get back to you as soon as we can.



Feeling inspired to start your smoke-free future?

Phone: 0845 602 4663 or 01252 335120

e-mail: quit4life@nhs.net



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