CDC finds that 1 in 14 US women smoke cigarettes during pregnancy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in 14 women who gave birth in the United States in 2016 admitted to smoking cigarettes during pregnancy.
This number is actually down from 2011, in which the CDC reported that nearly one in 10 women admitted to smoking during the final three months of pregnancy.
These figures varied from state to state, with West Virginia taking the unfortunate top spot with a mind-blowing 25.1 percent of women admitting to smoking during pregnancy. West Virginia also happened to be the state with the most missing information on smoking during pregnancy at 4.4 percent.
The Mountain State was followed by Kentucky (18.4 percent), Montana (16.5 percent), Vermont (15.5 percent) and Missouri (15.3 percent).
Michigan fell in line with most of the other states and the national average of between 7.2 and 14.9 percent. In 2016, the Michigan League for Public Policy reported that 21 percent of expectant women were smokers in 2014.
There were only nine states, and the District of Columbia, to register a score of less than 5 percent of admitted pregnant smokers.
"Maternal tobacco use during pregnancy has been linked to a host of negative infant and child outcomes, including low birthweight, preterm birth, and various birth defects," the CDC reports.
"One in 14 women who gave birth in the United States in 2016 (7.2%) reported smoking during pregnancy. Compared with the nation overall, smoking during pregnancy was lower in 19 states and D.C., and higher in 31 states."
Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to dangerous infant issues such as low birthweight, premature birth and other birth defects, according to the CDC.
According to the 2011 data, which used 24 states in its report, 55 percent of women who said they smoked three months be fore pregnancy quit over the course of the nine months.
"Despite the well-understood risk to mother and child, still, about one of every 14 women in the United States smoked during pregnancy," Patrick Drake, one of the study's authors and a demographer at the CDC, told CNN.
"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 reports it used data from the 2016 National Vital Statistics System, which is based on information using birth certificate and birth information on all U.S. births. To check out the accessible birth data on the CDC's website, click here.
--Source: Google News US Health | Netizen 24 United States