The local health board has reported a dramatic rise in the number of expectant mums successfully giving up smoking.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) puts the fall in pregnant smokers down to a new incentive scheme they launched in July 2018.

Smokers who visited anti-natal classes were offered cash to give up the killer weed for the sake of their unborn children.

It has been estimated that each year in the UK, smoking in pregnancy causes up to 5,000 miscarriages, 300 perinatal deaths and around 2,200 premature births.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC director of public health, said: “We are delighted to see early success with the incentives programme.”

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