percentage of pregnant smokers varied from state to state, findings showed that
moms-to-be aged 20 to 24 were most likely to light up while expecting a baby, followed
by girls aged 15 to 19 and those between the ages of 25 and 29.
the only factor, however. Schooling also plays a role in deciding when to quit. For
example, the majority of maternal smokers only had a high school education (12.2
percent), while the second-highest group received less than a high school
diploma (11.7 percent). On the contrary, expectant mothers with a master’s
degree or higher were less likely to smoke cigarettes (0.4 percent).
Findings showed that
moms-to-be aged 20 to 24 were most likely to light up while expecting a baby.
The study also
took into account women’s ethnicity and found that Native American women ranked
highest among smoking mothers-to-be, at 16.7 percent. Next up were white women (10.5 percent), followed
by African-American women (6 percent), Hispanic women (1.8 percent) and Asian
women (0.6 percent).
Overall, the CDC
claims that 7.2 percent of women continue to smoke while pregnant, despite the danger
it poses to the fetus.
In 2015, Lancaster
University shared disturbing 4-D ultrasound scans of how fetuses react to its mother smoking. You can, literally, see them coughing and choking inside the womb
while mom kicks back and takes another drag.
remains: How do we stop future moms-to-be from breathing tobacco into their unborn
According to CBS
News, Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at
Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y., and lead author of the study believes that
anti-tobacco educational media campaigns targeting these populations may help
bring more awareness to the importance of quitting during pregnancy and remaining
cigarette-free after delivery.
possible, engaging women to quit pre-conception is ideal," she adds.
Folan also says
that, because there is a greater stigma associated
with smoking during pregnancy, "a health care provider's sensitivity and
empathy during coaching and counseling will increase the likelihood that a
pregnant woman will disclose her smoking behavior and be receptive to cessation