This is quite possibly the first time I have expressed such an opinion on my blog. An opinion where I really don’t care about offending anyone. An opinion that is mine and no other opinion will change mine.
Shopping vouchers most effective way to help pregnant woman stop smoking.
So just to clarify before I go on. I don’t agree with people smoking whilst pregnant its plain wrong, however what is really bothering me is the fact people are being offered vouchers to quit when pregnant. Quitting for vouchers is not the right reason to quit. The fact you’re carrying a tiny life inside you is the reason to quit with help, no monetary incentive should be needed.
People who smoke during pregnancy should NOT be offered an incentive to stop. Why should they? The fact they are pregnant should be enough shouldn’t it? How on earth anyone can consider quitting for vouchers and NOT for their unborn baby is beyond my thinking. My mind can not even think how anyone can think… Oh yeah I’ll quit because ill get vouchers. See I am not a smoker but surely the right way of thinking is… Oh yeah ill quit because I am carrying A BABY!
To all smoking Mothers to be who are thinking of joining this scheme… Why can you try to quit for vouchers and not just for the fact you have a baby growing inside you?
A study shows that babies born from a mother who has been smoking are…
7oz lighter than those born to non-smokers
More likely to be premature
Have a higher rate of asthma and infections
The above study was carried out in Derbyshire UK which is an area of high social deprivation.
Each year 5000 babies and foetuses die due to their mothers smoking. A smoking mother has a higher chance of having a miscarriage, still birth and losing a baby due to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Royal College of Midwives say… Incentivising healthy behaviours using money was ‘not ideal’ and expensive.
Why the hell would anyone risk their baby being born prematurely or being born with asthma or an infection. Surely if you want a baby you should want to keep it as safe and healthy as you possibly can?
Smoking whilst pregnant costs the NHS tens of thousands of pounds each year in extra healthcare spending. That is tens of thousands of pounds that could go towards cancer funding or other illnesses that need more funding or life threatening illnesses that need more funding.
So now Mothers who smoke during pregnancy are set to get a fantastic reward to stop. Which means these smoking whilst pregnant Mothers stop because they are getting vouchers to stop NOT BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LIFE INSIDE THEM?
What happened to stopping because your pregnant and getting medical help to stop, to stop so you are not poisoning your baby with carbon monoxide and tar?
I don’t agree with it and it makes me angry. Just to clarify to anyone who has read this post and thinks I am getting at mothers who smoke whilst pregnant I’M NOT. I am getting at Mothers who are willing to quit for vouchers and not their unborn baby.