Why Is This Important?2018 Utah Vital Records data drawn from Certificates of Live Births indicate that 2.1% of women smoked during the last trimester of their pregnancies.
Smoking before pregnancy can make it harder for women to get pregnant. During pregnancy, women who smoke cigarettes have a higher risk of delivering their infant too early and with a low birth weight, making it more likely their infant will be sick and have to stay in the hospital longer. These infants also have a higher risk of having some kinds of birth defects such as a cleft lip and palate. Infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy or were exposed to second hand smoke after delivery have a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). There is no safe level of tobacco use or exposure for women and their infants. (50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General: [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24455788]
Women Reporting Smoking in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy, Utah, 2002-2018
Data SourceUtah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
Risk FactorsAccording to 2016-2018 Vital Records, the rate of smoking during the third trimester of pregnancy is highest among women 15-19 years of age. According to 2018 PRAMS data, smoking during the third trimester is more prevalent among women with no post high school education, who are unmarried, and have Medicaid for prenatal care.
How Are We Doing?According to Utah Vital Records data, the percentage of Utah women smoking in the third trimester decreased from 2.5% in 2017 to 2.1% in 2018. From 2002 through 2018, the highest percentage of third trimester smoking occurred in 2002 with 6.8% of women experiencing a live birth reporting smoking in the third trimester of pregnancy.
What Is Being Done?The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant smokers be assessed for smoking activity and readiness to quit and provided resources to assist in cessation at each prenatal visit.
In Utah, all local health departments screen pregnant clients for smoking and provide resources and referrals to promote cessation.
The Utah Department of Health Medicaid Program and Department of Workforce Services workers screen all pregnant applicants for tobacco use at the time of enrollment. Smokers are provided cessation information and followed-up every six weeks throughout their pregnancies.
Medicaid clients tend to have higher smoking rates than average, so the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) partners with Medicaid to offer quitting services to their clients. The program offers services through the Utah Tobacco Quit Line, and includes coverage of tobacco cessation medications and additional help for pregnant women.
To inform Utahns about tobacco cessation strategies and quit services, the TPCP at the Utah Department of Health maintains a comprehensive quit website - [http://waytoquit.org]. The Utah anti-tobacco marketing campaign encourages Utah smokers to make quit attempts and informs about [http://waytoquit.org waytoquit.org] and other quit programs.
The TPCP is also addressing the use of e-cigarettes and hookah. Regarding the use of e-cigarettes among high school seniors and 18- to 24-year-olds, the TPCP states:^1^
*In 2017, 32.1% of high school seniors reported that they had tried e-cigarettes and 15.5% were current users.[[br]]
*In 2017, for ages 18 to 24, the percentage of e-cigarette users was 12.9%.[[br]]
Local health departments (LHDs) promote quit services at the community level and offer local programs to assist pregnant and teen smokers with quitting. In addition, the TPCP partners with healthcare providers and healthcare organizations such as the Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH) and Medicaid to improve access to quit services, counseling, and medications for populations with higher tobacco use rates.
Beginning in April of 2016, PRAMS began asking about the use of e-cigarettes and hookah, before and during pregnancy. These questions are in addition to questions regarding cigarette smoking. PRAMS data from 2018 show 18.7% of the women who smoked e-cigarettes in the past two years, said they smoked e-cigarettes in the third trimester.
Additional information on smoking cessation, resources, and helpful website links can be found online at the March of Dimes website [http://www.marchofdimes.com] by clicking on ''Health Topics --> Pregnancy --> Is it safe? --> smoking during pregnancy.''[[br]]
''1. [[a href="indicator/view/ECig.html" Health Indicator Report of Electronic Cigarettes / Vape Products]]. Accessed 11/8/19.''
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 10/24/2019