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Test all pregnant women for smoking, say NHS chiefs

Mar 2nd, 2017 by

The plan, which is supported by the Royal College of Midwives, is part of a wider drive to discourage cigarettes at hospitals

England’s public health chief is urging hospitals to give every pregnant woman a carbon monoxide test to see if they smoke, as part of an NHS-wide drive to persuade patients to kick the habit.

Duncan Selbie wants midwives and nurses to routinely screen mothers-to-be when their pregnancy is first “booked”, monitor them at all their antenatal appointments and support those who want to quit.

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