Smoking rates among pregnant women: The BMJ must not misinformBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3758 (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3758
- Alain Braillon, senior consultant1,
- Susan Bewley, professor of complex obstetrics2
- 1University Hospital, 80000 Amiens, France
- 2Women’s Health Academic Centre, St Thomas’ Hospital, London SEI 7EH, UK
Kmietowicz’s headline claims “smoking rates among pregnant women fall to all time low of 11.4%.”1 We expect better both from the government and from The BMJ: the figure is actually plateauing (12.0% in 2012-13) and is based on flawed data.
Firstly, the seemingly low numbers refer to …