Posted by saviadmin on Oct 29, 2014
Smoking During Pregnancy Declining in Marion County
By Michelle Jones, GIS Analyst, The Polis Center
Mothers who smoke during pregnancy not only put themselves at risk, but also the baby. Many health problems have been linked to mothers who smoke during pregnancy. These include infants with low birth weight, premature birth, still birth, and pregnancy complications. While smoking while pregnant in Indiana remains higher than the national average, the percentage of mothers who smoke during pregnancy is decreasing. In 2008, 19% of mothers reported smoking in Indiana, and in 2012 it dropped to 16.5%. The national average was 10% in 2008 and dropped to 9% in 2012.