Tameside ministerial visit

Greater Manchester’s work to supporting pregnant women who smoke to quit has been showcased today to a government minister.

Jo Churchill, the public health minister, spoke to midwives who help women in Tameside to stop smoking about their successes.

She also met some women who have been helped by Greater Manchester’s smokefree pregnancy programme and are now bringing up their babies in smokefree households.

Greater Manchester has seen the rate of women who smoke at the time of birth fall from 12.8% in 2017 to 11.7% in 2018. That’s twice as fast as the national average and an additional 250 smokefree babies.

Ms Churchill met some of those mothers during the visit, along with other people involved in Greater Manchester’s ambition to “make smoking history”.

They included tobacco specialist midwife Christine Bassett who explains how the smokefree pregnancy service works in this blog.

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