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1 out of every 14 women smoke during pregnancy in the United States
As far as smoking and falling victim to this hazardous habit goes, even the unborn are not spared the agony. A recent study showed that about 1 in 14 women smoked cigarettes in the United States in the year 2016 during pregnancy.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics gave these statistics and further said that 7.2 per cent of all the expectant mothers smoked in the United States, however, the percentage of the smoker-mothers-to-be varied significantly from state to state. 

Patrick Drake, the senior author of this report said, "Despite the well understood risk to the mother and child, still, about 1 of every 14 women smoked during pregnancy."


If we talk about the state wise distribution, the highest prevalent smoking of the expecting women was in West Virginia, where about 25 per cent of the women were reported to be smoking during any time of their pregnancy. The lowest percentage, however, was in California, where this percentage was 1.6 per cent.

Patrick Drake further stated that despite the fact that these levels varied from state to state, but any type of smoking during pregnancy was too much. 


If we are to go with the statistics that appeared during 2011, about 10 per cent of the women in the US were reported to be smoking during the last trimester of their pregnancy. Out of those women who smoked only 55 per cent quit during pregnancy. This is in accordance with the data that came from CDC's pregnancy risk assessment and monitoring system. 


Just to name a few possibilities, smoking during pregnancy can cause the baby to be born with certain birth defects like, stillbirth or sudden infant death syndrome. It can also result in the baby being born too early or to have too low a birth weight.

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