Substance use during pregnancy, including smoking, alcohol and illicit drugs, is a risk factor for adverse birth outcomes, such as birth defects, developmental disabilities, preterm birth, low birthweight and infant mortality.
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In Nevada in 2020, 18.4% of women of childbearing age (18-44 years) reported binge drinking in the past month, compared to 18.0% overall in the U.S.
In Nevada in 2018, 7.9% newborns per 1,000 hospitalized were diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
In Nevada in 2020, 16.6% of men reported smoking, compared to 16.9% of men overall in the U.S.
Notes: 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).
Sources: Smoking: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Behavioral Surveillance Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved November 29, 2022, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.
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).