Women's Health

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:19 am on 10th June 1988.

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Photo of Mrs Edwina Currie Mrs Edwina Currie , South Derbyshire 10:19 am, 10th June 1988

The hon. Lady should know that we shall shortly have to hand more recent figures that show that mortality rates have dropped again. They have dropped below what the trend line would have been. That is precisely why I am now so concerned about smoking behaviour in young women. They are the only group whose smoking behaviour is increasing. As I demonstrated, the effect on the baby is immediate and devastating. It helps to cause perinatal mortality and reduce the chances of babies who are born alive.