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Important Facts for Women Who Smoke During Pregnancy


Women who reported smoking during the prenatal period


Number of women who reported smoking during the prenatal period


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:

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

State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485
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