Figure 1 shows that the recorded rate of smoking in pregnant women at time of delivery in Hackney is similar to London and much lower than (about half that of) the England average, but at the higher end of its statistical peers (where data are available).  However, it is important to note that methods of recording smoking status vary considerably (a mix of self-report at delivery or based on recorded smoking status at booking). In addition, the high numbers of births in the local Orthodox Jewish community (see Children and young people JSNA chapter), where smoking rates are thought to be low, is likely to skew the overall rate in Hackney. Comparisons presented here should therefore be treated with considerable caution.

Figure 2 shows that recorded rates of smoking at delivery have declined locally, regionally and nationally over the period 2010/11 to 2014/15, with Hackney’s prevalence rate remaining similar to London’s at around half the rate of England.

Figure 1: Proportion of people giving birth who are current smokers at time of delivery (2014/15)

Source: NHS Digital, analysis by Public Health England

Notes: *Value not available for City of London, Camden or Islington

Figure 2: Proportion of people giving birth who are current smokers at time of delivery (2010/11-2014/15)

Source: Data from NHS Digital, analysis by Public Health England.

Notes: Value not available for City of London