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Topic: Smoking among women of childbearing age
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Smoking among women of childbearing age: United States, 2004-2014

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• In the United States in 2014, 19.2% of women reported smoking. 
• Smoking is a major public health problem because not only can smoking harm a man's or woman's health, but smoking during pregnancy can lead to serious health problems in newborns (see the March of Dimes Fact Sheet on Smoking). 


  • Smoking is defined as having ever smoked 100 cigarettes in a lifetime and currently smoking everyday or some days. Percent reported is among women ages 18-44.
  • The following states did not conduct BRFSS surveillance every year and are not included in U.S. rates for the respective years: AK(1990), AR(1990,1992), DC(1995), KS(1990,1991), HI(2004), NV(1990,1991), NJ(1990), WY(1990-1993).
  • U.S. rate is the median for this indicator.


  • Smoking: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Behavioral Surveillance Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Retrieved November 27, 2015, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.