1 in 10 pregnant women smoke daily in Luxembourg
(MSS) It's not of any news that smoking tobacco is bad when you're pregnant. However in 2011, more than 1 in 10 pregnant women ignored the risks and smoked daily, a new study shows.
Knowing the risks of an increased low birth weight and the effects smoking can have on an embryo's development, many expectant mothers quit smoking when they discover that they are pregnant.
However, a study published by the Luxembourgish Ministry of Health found that 11.3 percent of women in 2011 smoked daily during their pregnancy and 1.9 percent occasionally – an overall number that hasn't changed since 2007, the year of the first census data.
Although not completely recognised yet, a mother smoking during pregnancy is known to cause life-long consequences to the child such as obesity, impaired lung function leading to wheezing and asthma.
But still more than 10 percent of women smoke during their pregnancy not only in Luxembourg, but in many European countries.
The recently released European Perinatal Health Report, based on collected data from 23 European countries, found that the United Kingdom scored particularly high with a staggering 19 percent of pregnant Scots, 16 percent of Welshmen and 15 percent of North Irish women smoking during their pregnancy in 2010.
With data collected slightly different (looking at the number of smokers in third trimester), France also made the top five with 17.1 percent of pregnant women smoking during their pregnancy in 2010 - nearly three times of that in Lithuania (4.5 percent), who made the bottom of the list together with Sweden (4.9 percent) the Netherlands and the Czech Republic (both 6.2 percent).