THE results of a recent study carried out by the Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII) as part of World No Tobacco Day (31st May) show that one in five pregnant women in Spain smoke.
The study showed that in 2016, 20.4 per cent of pregnant women smoked, compared to 14.3 per cent in 1980.
Also, the percentage was higher in pregnant women under the age of 30 and in those with a lower education level.
According to ISCIII, one in four Spanish people smoke and 20 per cent of the population considers that tobacco is not harmful to their health.
It comes as a survey carried out by the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (semFYC) found eight out of 10 Spanish people are in favour of banning smoking in cars with children.
Of those surveyed, 16 per cent are daily smokers, 33 per cent former smokers and 43 per cent non smokers.
SemFYC claimed that in recent years, even though people are not worrying as much about the effects smoking can have on their health, the public acceptance of new rules to stop tobacco consumption has increased.