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Letters Smoking rates during pregnancy

Smoking rates among pregnant women: The BMJ must not misinform

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (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}

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 …

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