Pregnant and new mothers

A healthy, happy child is what all parents hope for. Encouraging parents, and those expecting, to quit using tobacco is a key aim of ACOSH and our partners.

With our focus on the future of a tobacco free Australia, protecting the next generation is a priority for ACOSH.

Education for at-risk groups is our primary aim in this area. Smoking during pregnancy increases a woman’s risk of having a miscarriage, stillbirth or ectopic pregnancy. Furthermore, smoking while pregnant increases the risk of a baby being born prematurely or problems for the baby from the potentially toxic effects of lead, nicotine, cotinine, cadmium, mercury, carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke and from the affects of low oxygen on the developing brain of the foetus.

Smoking has a negative impact on fertility in both men and women. To prevent parents putting themselves and their child at further risk, ACOSH advocates creating a supportive smoke free household, as well as consulting with a medical professional about quitting tobacco use as early as possible.

For further information visit Red Nose (formerly SIDS and Kids (WA)) a high profile and well respected national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to saving babies and children’s lives through the elimination of sudden and unexpected infant deaths during pregnancy, birth and childhood.

The stats

44.7%

of Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander mothers smoked during pregnancy

11.3%

of non-Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander mothers smoked during pregnancy

32%

of younger mothers (aged under 20) smoked during pregnancy

Quitting

with a partner, friend or family member dramatically increases your chances of success

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016). National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2014-15. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017). National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017). Australia’s mothers and babies 2015—in brief.