Silhouette of pregnant women smoking
Silhouette of pregnant women smoking

DEWSBURY mums-to-be are putting their babies lives at risk with every cigarette.

And, as the town has the highest rate of baby deaths in the district, a new report highlights smoking as a major cause for concern.

It found that more than half of white women in north Kirklees whose babies died had smoked during pregnancy.

Obesity was another factor, with more than half of the north Kirklees women whose babies died classed as overweight or obese.

Work by health officials has seen the rate of infant deaths in Kirklees continue to fall, but Dewsbury still has the highest rate in the district.

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