A new government report has found that over 7 percent of female smokers still continue smoking while pregnant, with a strong prevalence in younger and less-educated populations.
The dangers of smoking are well-known, but that doesn’t seem to stop a decent-sized population of pregnant women from smoking while pregnant. The report from the National Center for Health Statistics found that younger and less educated women were more likely to continue smoking, which highlights a need for further outreach and education in vulnerable communities.
According to Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y, “Since smoking exposes both the woman and the fetus to serious health risks, more intense smoking cessation counseling is recommended for this population of smokers,”
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The report also found some racial disparities, with almost 17 percent of Native Americans and Alaska Natives choosing to continue smoking while pregnant. Additionally, there are significant differences in the populations of women who continue smoking while pregnant across different states, with West Virginia taking the lead at a whopping 25 percent of