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Smoking cessation service cuts counter productive to Government stillbirth reduction ambitions says RCM

13 January, 2016

Smoking cessation service cuts counter productive to Government stillbirth reduction ambitions says RCM

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A Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) report published today by Cancer Research UK,  shows that around forty per cent of local authorities in England are cutting budgets to stop smoking services. 

Commenting on the report, Janet Fyle, Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said, “We are concerned at the finding of this report. The Government have recently announced a welcome and ambitious plan to reduce the rate of stillbirths. Smoking during pregnancy is a risk factor for stillbirths. These cuts quite simply are counter-productive to the Government’s ambition.   

“Midwives will find it difficult to encourage and support women to stop smoking if  the smoking cessation services  they need to refer them  to are not there.

“If we are serious about reducing the negative consequences of smoking in pregnancy, smoking cessation services should be increased, not reduced.  The RCM supports the report’s authors call for the appropriate level of funding for smoking cessation services.”

For information on the report visit http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2016-01-13-stop-smoking-services-at-threat-as-funding-comes-under-pressure.

To contact the RCM Press Office call 020 7312 3456 or email pressofficer@rcm.org.uk.

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