During the first week of June Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service are launching a chil...Read More »
Welcome from the desk of the National WellChild /Tamariki Ora coordinator.Read More »
Electronic copy of the ImmNuz newsletter Issue No.67 for Health ProfessionalsRead More »
Risks of smoking:
Smoking during pregnancy is associated with
· Increased risk of miscarriage and still birth
· Twice the risk of prematurity compared with non smokers
· An increased rate of low birth weight- on average smokers have babies 200-250 g lighter than non smokers
· The baby’s airways grow less well
Exposure to smoke after birth causes
· An increased risk of chest and ear nose and throat infections
· Higher rates of asthma and wheeze
· An increased risk of meningitis
· An increased risk of Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI)
· Breastfeeding mothers who smoke produce on average 250 mls less milk per day
Half of smokers will die 15 years early
Tips to help quitting
· Quit smoking or reduce with others for support
· Make a smokefree plan and stick to it
· Use nicotine replacement products- use of nicotine replacement for 8 weeks doubles the chance of successfully quitting
· Use the money saved from stopping smoking to buy things for yourself or your baby (20 a day smokers would save $3800 a year at 2010 prices)
· Have a smokefree home and car
Resources to help stop smoking:
· Quitline offers telephone advice and support; txt2quit tips and support to mobile; and web based advice and tools.
o Quitline can provide an exchange card for nicotine patches, lozenges and gum to help with quitting. An 8 week supply of one of these will cost around $3.00 with a card.
o Phone Quitline 0800 778 778.
A free face-to-face quit smoking service developed specifically to meet the needs of Māori women and their whānau, available in most regions.