Wednesday 22 October 2014

Government to consider free nicotine patches for pregnant women

Researchers are now calling for greater regulation of which nicotine products can be sold over the counter. Photo: Thinkstock
Researchers are now calling for greater regulation of which nicotine products can be sold over the counter. Photo: Thinkstock

FREE nicotine patches for pregnant women will be considered by the government.

Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White told the Dail he would discuss the issue with Health Minister James Reilly.

The move could form part of the government’s move to cut levels of smoking from 29pc of the population to 5pc by 2025 under the Tobacco Free Ireland plan.

Citing research figures, Mr White said an estimated 18-21pc of Irish women smoked during pregnancy.

Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne suggested that the government look to a British initiative which sees nicotine patches available free of charge to pregnant women.

Mr White said he would discuss the issued with the Minister for health.

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