Pregnant smokers' perceptions of specialist smoking cessation services

Sarah J. Butterworth, Elizabeth Sparkes, Alison Trout, Katherine Brown

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Introduction: Women who continue to smoke during pregnancy are at risk of smoking-related diseases, maternity complications and expose the foetus to risks of perinatal mortality and morbidity. The number of women smoking at the time of delivery is estimated at 13.5% in England and 15.8% in the West Midlands. However, the prevalence can be elevated in certain areas, such as north Solihull.Aims: This research consults past, current and non-users of specialist smoking cessation services and reports pregnant women's views of smoking cessation delivery and potential service developments.Methods: Focus groups were conducted with 19 participants with experience of prenatal smoking.Findings: Data was analysed using thematic analysis. The main themes included: (1) improving access to clear, sensitive information on smoking and pregnancy; (2) perceptions of existing services; (3) improving current services: the right delivery and the right person; and (4) encouraging participation of pregnant smokers.Conclusions: In this area, pregnant smokers wanted easily-Accessible, empathetic, non-judgemental and flexible support more than incentives or rewards to quit smoking. They also stated a preference for group cessation support as they believed that peer support would be advantageous.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-97
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Smoking Cessation
Issue number2
Early online date11 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • patient involvement
  • pregnancy
  • qualitative
  • Smoking cessation


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