There are significant demographic differences and factors associated with inequalities related to smoking in pregnancy. Pregnant mothers under the age of 20 are more than three times as likely to smoke as mothers aged 35 or over. Those in Routine and Manual occupations are more than four times as likely to smoke throughout their pregnancy as those in Managerial and Professional occupations (29% and 7% respectively). Infants born to smokers are much more likely to become smokers themselves, which further perpetuates health inequalities.
More information on maternal smoking is considered separately under Children and Young People
Last updated Thursday, 26th July 2018