U.S. women still smoke while pregnant

U.S. women still smoke while pregnant

The report finds that at least 7.2 percent of pregnant mothers smoke during their pregnancy and these rates vary across the different states.

According to a report released this week (28th February 2018), one in 14 women who have given birth in the United States has smoked during their pregnancy despite warnings regarding the harmful effects of the same.

The most likely candidates for smoking while carrying a baby are younger, less-educated women, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CBS News reports. University Hospital at the University of Texas Southwestern's, stated that Since most women might be less likely to admit that they smoked cigarettes while pregnant, the prevalence of smoking could be under-reported. That was followed by Kentucky (18% of pregnant women), Montana (16.5%), Vermont (15.5%) and Missouri (15%). Women with high school education or a GED smoked most at 12.2 percent and those with less than high school education smoked at a frequency of 11.7 percent.

Meanwhile, California had the lowest number of pregnant smokers - just 1.6%.

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This number is actually down from 2011, in which the CDC reported that almost one in 10 women admitted to smoking during the final three months of pregnancy. The report further indicates that the pregnant smokers may promote their infant to born premature along with taking in to a tripled risk of causing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

The dangers of pregnant women smoking cannot be overstated enough, with abundant studies on the dangers the habit can wreak on both mother and baby. Only 1.8 percent Hispanic women and 0.6 percent non-Hispanic Asian women smoked during pregnancy.

A new report dependent on birth certificate data from the CDC's National Vital Statistics System, after examining the data the researchers discovered that the ubiquity of smoking throughout pregnancy was lesser than he overall national rate in 19 states, including California, Utah, Texas, Hawaii, New Jersey, Nevada, Arizona, New York and CT, and in the District of Columbia.

Significantly more local Americans smoke than do individuals of different races in the United States - the rate is nearly three times that of the national average, an alarming actuality that has prompted higher rates of numerous illnesses among this populace. Drake said non-Hispanic white women were smoking twice as much compared to non-Hispanic black women during pregnancy and six times as much as Hispanic women. As mentioned above, having women quit smoking before they actually get pregnant is the best way to solve this issue, as it can be hard to suddenly kick the addiction once a child is conceived - even with how important it is to the health of the fetus.

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