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Births to women who reported smoking during pregnancy in Louisiana

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Why This Indicator Matters

Smoking during pregnancy increases a baby's risk of being born premature and having a low birthweight. It also increases a baby's risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). 
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Definition and Source



Number - live births to women who reported smoking during their pregnancy.
Percent - live births to women reported smoking during their pregnancy per 100 live births.

Data Source

Live births 2001-2009: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics, Louisiana Department of Health.


LNE (low number event) - a value of fewer than five events or a rate based on fewer than 20 events and is thus not reported.

Please note that the actual number of mothers who smoke during pregnancy is likely to be higher than the data reported here because some mothers who smoke may not report doing so on their child's birth certificate.  For example, data from Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), an ongoing survey of Louisiana mothers before, during, and just after pregnancy, showed that 15% of Louisiana mothers smoked during pregnancy in 2008.  That same year, 10.1% of births were to women who reported smoking according to their child's birth certificate.

Last Updated

October 2011