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1 in 14 women smoke during pregnancy, CDC reports

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About one in 14 pregnant women who gave birth in the United States in 2016 smoked cigarettes during her pregnancy. (NCHS National Vital Statistics System, Natality via CNN) About one in 14 pregnant women who gave birth in the United States in 2016 smoked cigarettes during her pregnancy. (NCHS National Vital Statistics System, Natality via CNN)

(Meredith/CNN) – A new report by the CDC has revealed that one in 14 women smoke while pregnant.

More than seven percent of all expectant mothers smoke, despite the known risks to mother and child, CNN reported.

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The percentage of pregnant smokers vary widely by maternal age, race, education and state.

The prevalence of smoking was highest (25 percent) in West Virginia and lowest (less than two percent) in California.

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The CDC reports that any amount of smoking during pregnancy is too much because it puts the baby at risk for birth defects, including:

  • Being born too early
  • Low birth weight
  • Increased risk of stillbirth
  • Increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Click here to view a full list of birth defects/prevention from the CDC's website.

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Information for this article was provided by CNN and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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