Letters Smoking rates during pregnancy

Smoking rates among pregnant women: The BMJ must not misinform

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3758 (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3758
  1. Alain Braillon, senior consultant1,
  2. Susan Bewley, professor of complex obstetrics2
  1. 1University Hospital, 80000 Amiens, France
  2. 2Women’s Health Academic Centre, St Thomas’ Hospital, London SEI 7EH, UK
  1. braillon.alain{at}gmail.com

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 …

View Full Text

Sign in

Log in through your institution

Free trial

Register for a free trial to thebmj.com to receive unlimited access to all content on thebmj.com for 14 days.
Sign up for a free trial

Subscribe