1 in 14 Women Smoke During Pregnancy: CDC Data

1 in 14 Women Smoke During Pregnancy: CDC Data

As per freshly published CDC report, 1 in 14 pregnant women still smoke in the United States. The data for year 2016 suggests that highest number of women smoking during pregnancy was reported in West Virginia at 25.1 percent. The lowest incidence of smoking during pregnancy was recorded in California at 1.6 percent. The risks of smoking during pregnancy are well known and health experts all over the world have supported campaigns to stop smoking among pregnant women.

Commenting on the data, Patrick Drake, senior author of the report and a demographer at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics said, “Despite the well-understood risk to mother and child, still, about one of every 14 women in the United States smoked during pregnancy. These levels do vary widely by state, maternal age, race and Hispanic origin, and education, but any amount of smoking during pregnancy is too much.”
The CDC report also pointed that smoking during pregnancy was more prevalent among younger and less educated moms-to-be. The trend was also higher among Native Americans and Alaska natives.

Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y, said, "This study indicates that women of certain age groups, ethnicity and educational background are more likely to smoke during pregnancy. Anti-tobacco educational media campaigns targeting these populations may help bring more awareness to the importance of quitting during pregnancy."

Smoking exposes both the fetus and mother to serious health risks. Some people think that vaping has lower risk compared to traditional cigarettes however recent studies have suggested that vaping also leads to health risk for pregnant women and fetus.

Studies conducted in the recent years have listed many health risks associated with women smoking during pregnancy. Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are especially vulnerable to asthma, and have double or even triple the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). A baby whose mother smoked in the first trimester of pregnancy is more likely to have a heart defect at birth.