Smoking in pregnancy training materials

Training materials

This page contains resources to support the training of those involved in smoking in pregnancy care pathways

Challenge Group training materials

The Challenge Group has produced a number of simple materials to serve as aids to local training for those involved in smoking in pregnancy care pathways. These materials are all free to use and have been produced in collaboration between Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Public Health England.

Infographic 1 - Having a smokefree home
Infographic 2 - Carbon monoxide screening
Infographic 3 - The harms of smoking in pregnancy
Training guide
Animated videos

Full video – How to help pregnant women quit smoking (download from Google Drive)

Part 1 – Harms from exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy (download from Google Drive)

Part 2 – Carbon monoxide screening and ‘Very Brief Advice’ (download from Google Drive)

Part 3 – How stop smoking specialists help pregnant women to quit (download from Google Drive)

The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) has a range of online briefings and training. They also provide face to face training and support:

The same online training is also provided through e-Learning for Healthcare (see below) and by the Royal College of Midwives.

e-Learning for Healthcare

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked with PHE, NHS Improvement and the NCSCT to develop some new e-learning resources highlighting the importance of supporting women to have a smokefree pregnancy. The resources focus on the delivery of Very Brief Advice (VBA) and Carbon Monoxide monitoring. There are also a series of new educational materials to support local training on these topics, including two short films.

For more information about the e-learning programme visit: 

PHE, iPiP and e-LfH have developed a short 10-minute session to support midwives and health visitors in refreshing their skills and ensuring they can undertake a COVID safe intervention. For those who are not yet ready to restart or who think that CO Testing may happen intermittently over the coming months, the session also contains a non-CO testing script which will help midwives and health visitors to engage women in accessing the support that they will need to have a smokefree pregnancy.