Dr Jo Mitchell, Executive Director Centre for Population Health said the
latest data shows 14.8 per cent of adults aged 16 years or older were smokers
last year - a significant decline from 18 per cent in 2009, but relatively
stable since 2015.
“Latest figures show 10.3 per cent of adults in NSW last year smoked
daily and 4.5 per cent, occasionally,” Dr Mitchell said.
“There has also been a steady decline in smoking among pregnant women in
NSW, from 10.4 per cent in 2012 to 8.8 per cent in 2017.
“However, that still means 8000 women smoked during pregnancy, which
poses a significant risk to their own health, as well as their unborn babies.”
Tobacco smoke contains over 7000 chemicals, including compounds known to
cause cancer and other toxins which are potentially toxic to a developing
Clinical Professor Michael Nicholl, Senior Clinical Advisor of Obstetrics
said smoking during pregnancy has been associated with poorer pregnancy
outcomes, including miscarriage and premature births.
“The potential health impacts on infants include restricted growth, low
birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and stillbirth,” Clinical
Professor Nicholl said.
“Even when a
mother wants to quit, it can be a struggle. Pregnant women who smoke and need
support to help quit, should talk with their doctor, midwife or a trained
adviser at NSW Quitline.”
Family, friends and others living with a pregnant woman are advised to
quit smoking to support a woman’s attempt to quit and the health of the unborn
Across NSW, health care professionals provide advice and support to assist
pregnant women to quit smoking, as part of routine antenatal care.
provides a confidential, telephone based service to help smokers quit. Pregnant
women and their household members who smoke can call 13 78 48 for caring,
In 2018-19, the NSW Government is
investing more than $13.5 million on tobacco control, including quit smoking
support, compliance and enforcement of smoke-free laws, targeted programs for
vulnerable groups and public awareness education campaigns.