Women in Lancashire are being urged to quit smoking when they become pregnant to benefit themselves and their baby.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust"s Quit Squad is supporting the 'Quit for two" campaign led by Lancashire County Council. The service is encouraging and helping pregnant women of all ages, especially those aged between 16-25, to quit smoking when they become pregnant to improve their health and give their baby the healthiest start in life.
Smoking when pregnant exposes your baby to over 4,000 harmful chemicals and the campaign aims to break down the barriers and misconceptions young women may have about smoking during pregnancy whilst giving them the facts about the dangers of it.
Earlier this year a 'Quit for us" mobile app was launched which is designed to continue to support women who smoke after they attend an initial appointment. The app encourages pregnant women to try and quit and clearly explains the benefits of quitting whilst providing useful information about the size and development of a baby at each stage of pregnancy and much more.
Julie Trezise, Quit Squad Manager for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
"We are proud to support the quit for two campaign and help tackle the myths behind smoking during pregnancy for mums to be. We offer a range of nicotine therapy replacement therapies as well as free friendly advice and support for young women so they can make an informed decision whilst knowing all the facts. The app is a great resource for people to get all the information they need and is easily accessible."
You can find out more about 'Quit for two" and the 'Quit for us" app at www.quitsquad.nhs.uk. The app can be downloaded from the App Store on a smart phone and google play.
The Quit Squad can be contacted on Freephone 0800 328 6297 or 01254 283370 or 01772 644474 or you can complete the online self-referral form on their website at www.quitsquad.nhs.uk