Scottish Cities

Maternal smoking, Scottish citiesmaternal smoking Scottish Cities 2015

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There has been a steady and marked downward trend in the level of maternal smoking across Scotland, resulting in a relative decrease of 41% from 25% (2000/01) to 15% (2014/15). 

Glasgow's level  of maternal smoking has decreased to a greater extent, with a relative reduction of 59%, resulting in Glasgow’s level falling below the Scottish average since 2009/10. 


At the Health Visitor's first visit to a newborn baby and mother (usually within the first two weeks), the mother is asked whether she is currently smoking. The responses are recorded in the Child Health Surveillance Programme Pre-School and have been analysed here and used as a proxy for smoking during pregnancy. Visits for which a response to the smoking question has not been recorded have been included in the denominator. Glasgow specific analyses were undertaken locally; the analysis by local authority has been provided by the Information Statistics Division (ISD).

Figures for Scotland, selected Scottish Cities, and Clyde Valley Councils are a subset of data from the annual ISD report Births in Scottish Hospitals, Year Ending 31st March 2015 (published 24/11/2015). The report can be found on the ISD website as follows:

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