Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group

About the Challenge Group

The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group was established in 2012 in response to a challenge from the then Public Health Minister to produce recommendations on how the smoking in pregnancy ambition contained in the Government’s tobacco strategy could be realised.

The Group is a partnership between the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the voluntary sector and academia. It presented its report and recommendations to the Public Health Minister in June 2013 and continues to meet annually to review progress.

The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group is jointly chaired by Francine Bates, Chief Executive of The Lullaby Trust, and Professor Linda Bauld of UKCTAS and the University of Sterling.

New report: Review of the Challenge 2018

The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group released a report on the 4th July 2018 calling for Government action to tackle smoking in pregnancy.

The new report shines light on the progress towards the Government’s ambition to reduce the smoking in pregnancy rate to less than 6% by 2022 and warns that unless more is done this ambition is unlikely to be met.

The full report can be downloaded here (pdf).

The Lullaby Trust have produced a report detailing the methods behind the statistics in the Smoking in pregnancy challenge group’s report. Download here (pdf).

The press release for the report was released on the 3 July 2018. You can read the press release here.

Smoking in pregnancy infographics and training materials

Alongside this call for action, the coalition released materials to aid in the training of those involved in smoking in pregnancy care pathways. These materials can be accessed here.

Challenge Group Resources

Challenge Group Members