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Pregnant Women

Background

Prenatal smoking remains one of the most common prevent­able causes of infant morbidity and mortality and is associated with 30% of small-for-gestational-age infants, 10% of preterm infants, and 5% of infant deaths. Maternal cigarette smoking dur­ing pregnancy increases the risk for pregnancy complications and poor pregnancy outcomes. According to the 2011 Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS) data from 24 states, approximately 10% of women reported smoking during the last 3 months of pregnancy. Rates were higher among certain subpopulations such as women with lower levels of education, American Indian/Alaska Native women, and white women.

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