Non-Smoking Mothers During Pregnancy

Non-Smoking Mothers During Pregnancy

What does this measure?

The share of births in a year to women who did not smoke during pregnancy.

Why is this important?

Smoking during pregnancy can cause premature births or low birth weight, which presents an increased risk for illness and prolonged medical treatment. Smoking during pregnancy also is a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, 81% of Erie County births were to women who had not smoked during pregnancy. This share was lower than Pennsylvania as a whole at 89% and the nation at 93%.

Erie's share of births to women who did not smoke during pregnancy has increased steadily since 2009, rising almost 9 percentage points. Pennsylvania's share had a smaller increase during this time period (4.5 percentage points), while the national rate declined by 2 points in those years.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Erie's share of non-smoking pregnancies was similar to all comparable counties at about 82% to 83% in 2016. However, Erie County has made more progress since 2009 while the comparison counties have had smaller declines or, in the case of Stark, remained fairly flat.

Notes about the data

National data are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; state- and county-level data are from state and local health departments.

Non-Smoking Mothers During Pregnancy
United States90%90%90%91%93%94%95%95%95%95%94%93%93%93%92%93%93%
Erie County, PA73%74%75%72%72%73%74%77%78%80%80%80%81%
Broome County, NY77%74%76%76%73%75%74%78%79%80%79%80%81%82%
Stark County, OH80%77%80%80%80%81%79%80%80%80%81%79%78%79%81%83%
Luzerne County, PA76%75%76%73%75%77%76%78%78%79%79%81%83%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
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