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Pregnancy: Smoking

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the guidance on smoking and pregnancy provided to pregnant women by his Department, if he will make it his Department’s policy to use the phrase ‘there’s two of you now’ in all advice it provides to pregnant women; and if he will make a statement. (256533)

In February 2009, the Department launched a new campaign to motivate and support pregnant smokers to stop smoking. The campaign includes information and materials for midwives, and new resources for pregnant smokers.

The phrase ‘there’s two of you now’ is not an integral element of the overall messaging of the smoking and pregnancy campaign. It has been used in communication aimed directly at pregnant mothers who smoke and who are seeking information on ways to improve their health and the health of their baby.