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Majority women smoke while pregnant according to a report released recently. The outcomes garnered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, disclosed that 7.2% of all carrying mothers smoked, but proportion of pregnant smokers differed extensively from state to state.

The presence of smoking was exorbitant in West Virginia, where 25.1% of women described smoking at any time during pregnancy, and lowest in California, where 1.6% reported smoking. Patrick Drake, senior author of the report and a demographer at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics said that inspite the well comprehended risk to mother and child, about one in every 14 women in US smoked while pregnant.

These levels differ extensively by state, maternal age, race and Hispanic origin, and education, but one should stay away from smoking as much as possible. In 2011 about 10% of women in US divulged smoking during their last three months of pregnancy according to data from the CDC’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System.

Smoking during pregnancy may cause certain birth deficiencies. It can make the birth of the baby premature or have a low birth rate and can increase the chance of stillbirth sudden infant death syndrome, according to the CDC.

A new report dependent on birth certificate data from the CDC’s National Vital Statistics System, after examining the data the researchers discovered that the ubiquity of smoking throughout pregnancy was lesser than he overall national rate in 19 states, including California, Utah, Texas, Hawaii, New Jersey, Nevada, Arizona, New York and Connecticut, and in the District of Columbia.