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Complete Indicator Profile of Women Who Smoke During Pregnancy

Definition

Women who reported smoking during the prenatal period

Numerator

Number of women who reported smoking during the prenatal period

Denominator

Total number of live births

Data Interpretation Issues

Smoking data on North Carolina birth certificates moderately underestimates the true prevalence of smoking among pregnant women, but the data may reasonably be used to examine differences among demographic subgroups and trends over time. For more details, see the section "Validity of Self-Reported Smoking Data from the North Carolina Birth Certificate" on pages 2-3 of SCHS Study No. 101: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/pdf/SCHS101.pdf

Why Is This Important?

"Smoking during pregnancy is associated with multiple adverse birth outcomes, including low-birth-weight babies and pre-term deliveries. Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have a baby who is premature, who has a low birth weight, or who dies because of SIDS." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020
NC Community Public Health Performance Measures

How Are We Doing?

In 2009, 10.2% of residents having a live birth reported smoking during pregnancy, down from 14% in 2000.

What Is Being Done?

Women's Health and Tobacco Use Program: The purpose of this program is to reduce infant illness and death by helping women of childbearing age, including pregnant women, to stop tobacco use and to assist them in reducing their family's exposure to tobacco smoke.

Evidence-based Practices

HealthyPeople.gov

Available Services

QuitlineNC

More Information

NC Healthy Start



Graphical Data Views

Women Who Smoke During Pregnancy North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2009

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Percentage of Mothers
North Carolina 2008 10.4%
North Carolina 2009 10.2%
HNC 2020 Target 2008 6.8%
HNC 2020 Target 2009 6.8%

Data Notes

Derived from information collected from birth certificates  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Birth Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics 



Women Who Smoke During Pregnancy North Carolina, 2000-2009

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North Carolina Year Percentage of Women Who Smoked
North Carolina 2000 14.0%
North Carolina 2001 14.0%
North Carolina 2002 13.2%
North Carolina 2003 12.7%
North Carolina 2004 12.5%
North Carolina 2005 12.1%
North Carolina 2006 11.5%
North Carolina 2007 11.0%
North Carolina 2008 10.4%
North Carolina 2009 10.2%

Data Notes

Derived from information collected from birth certificates 

Data Sources

Birth Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics 



NC Women Who Smoke During Pregnancy by County, 2009

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County Percentage of Mothers Numerator
Alamance 14.1% 266
Alexander 19.1% 77
Alleghany 17.3% 19
Anson 12.1% 33
Ashe 17.6% 46
Avery 19.5% 31
Beaufort 14.7% 86
Bertie 10.5% 24
Bladen 16.7% 63
Brunswick 18.2% 202
Buncombe 10.1% 271
Burke 20.8% 202
Cabarrus 9.3% 236
Caldwell 21.5% 180
Camden 16.8% 17
Carteret 16.8% 98
Caswell 24.0% 50
Catawba 14.7% 280
Chatham 10.5% 71
Cherokee 25.8% 67
Chowan 13.9% 26
Clay 25.5% 24
Cleveland 20.8% 250
Columbus 16.6% 114
Craven 14.1% 237
Cumberland 8.6% 531
Currituck 12.3% 28
Dare 15.4% 59
Davidson 16.4% 309
Davie 10.5% 49
Duplin 10.0% 82
Durham 5.4% 237
Edgecombe 15.2% 107
Forsyth 5.0% 240
Franklin 11.3% 73
Gaston 17.8% 486
Gates 14.4% 14
Graham 23.2% 19
Granville 11.6% 74
Greene 10.0% 26
Guilford 8.1% 499
Halifax 14.7% 96
Harnett 10.4% 180
Haywood 23.0% 135
Henderson 11.0% 130
Hertford 11.0% 33
Hoke 8.2% 76
Hyde 16.7% 7
Iredell 13.7% 261
Jackson 17.4% 78
Johnston 7.6% 184
Jones 15.6% 15
Lee 12.8% 110
Lenoir 18.3% 139
Lincoln 12.9% 113
Macon 15.5% 54
Madison 20.7% 38
Martin 14.5% 43
McDowell 22.7% 108
Mecklenburg 4.0% 580
Mitchell 16.8% 25
Montgomery 12.3% 39
Moore 11.1% 102
Nash 13.2% 167
New Hanover 10.1% 236
Northampton 18.0% 39
Onslow 8.1% 330
Orange 6.0% 78
Pamlico 30.6% 34
Pasquotank 7.8% 41
Pender 11.8% 69
Perquimans 16.0% 21
Person 16.2% 76
Pitt 9.4% 216
Polk 16.0% 26
Randolph 15.6% 266
Richmond 22.2% 138
Robeson 18.3% 389
Rockingham 22.0% 231
Rowan 16.0% 271
Rutherford 19.7% 145
Sampson 9.0% 82
Scotland 20.4% 101
Stanly 17.0% 125
Stokes 11.3% 48
Surry 17.8% 153
Swain 18.6% 31
Transylvania 16.8% 53
Tyrrell 10.9% 5
Union 7.4% 189
Vance 12.0% 75
Wake 2.7% 348
Warren 9.2% 19
Washington 9.9% 17
Watauga 12.3% 44
Wayne 13.5% 224
Wilkes 18.9% 133
Wilson 11.4% 124
Yadkin 9.6% 41
Yancey 22.9% 41

Data Notes

Derived from information collected from birth certificates 



NC Women Who Smoke During Pregnancy by Race/Ethnicity, 2009

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Race/Ethnicity Percentage of Women Who Smoked Numerator
White Non-Hispanic 13.4% 9,401
Black Non-Hispanic 9.5% 2,865
Other Non-Hispanic 7.6% 465
Hispanic 1.2% 244

Data Notes

Derived from information collected from birth certificates 

Data Sources

Birth Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics 

Page Content Updated On 12/01/2011, Published on 05/06/2013
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