Dublin TD calls for free nicotine patches for pregnant women

Dublin TD calls for free nicotine patches for pregnant women

A Dublin TD wants to see free nicotine patches given to pregnant women.

Catherine Byrne, a TD for Dublin South-Central, said it could really improve the health of some newborns, as the number of pregnant smokers is too high.

"21% of women who are pregnant are smoking in this country. 5200 people died of cancer from smoking last year," she said.

"I think it would be the first step, and it would leave a legacy with the Minister for Health going forward - that he was the first minster who took this challenge on. "

The Junior Health minister has promised he'll bring the idea to Doctor James Reilly.


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