Seven percent pregnant women smoke cigarettes during their pregnancy despite of knowing its dangers to the infants, according to the new CDC report.
Nearly one in every fourteen women in the United States, who gave birth to their child in 2016, had smoked cigarettes during the period of their pregnancy. The statistical data has been provided by the National Center for Health Statistics -principal agency of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC statistics show that the around 7 per cent of all the US expectant mothers smoked, while percentage of women who smoke during pregnancy is observed to be varying as state to state. The report further indicates that the pregnant smokers may promote their infant to born premature along with taking in to a tripled risk of causing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Study’s senior author and a demographer at National Center for Health Statistics of CDC, Patrick Drake said in a statement that, “Despite the well-understood risk to mother and child, still, about one of every 14 women in the United States smoked during pregnancy. These levels do vary widely by state, maternal age, race and Hispanic origin, and education, but any amount of smoking during pregnancy is too much.”
Dr. Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, chief of gynecology and obstetrics from the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital at the University of Texas Southwestern’s, stated that Since most women might be less likely to admit that they smoked cigarettes while pregnant, the prevalence of smoking could be under-reported.