Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery - England, Quarter 3, 2011-12
This report presents latest results and trends from the women's smoking status at time of delivery (SATOD) data collection in England. The results provide a measure of the prevalence of smoking among pregnant women at Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and Primary Care Trust (PCT) levels. This supplements the national information available from the quinquennial Infant Feeding Survey (IFS).
Babies from deprived backgrounds are more likely to be born to mothers who smoke, and to have much greater exposure to secondhand smoke in childhood. Smoking remains one of the few modifiable risk factors in pregnancy. It can cause a range of serious health problems, including lower birth weight, pre-term birth, placental complications and perinatal mortality.
From 2011/12 quarter 3 onwards, the Health and Social Care Information Centre has taken over responsibility for publishing 'Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England' from the Department of Health.
In England in 2011/12, Quarter 3:
- The percentage of mothers smoking at delivery was 13.4 per cent, lower than the 2010/11 outturn (13.5 per cent), 2009/10 outturn (14.1 per cent) and 2008/09 outturn (14.4 per cent) (Table 1).
- Amongst all Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs), this varied from 20.2 per cent in the North East SHA to 6.1 per cent in London SHA (Table 4).
- Amongst the 149 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) that passed validation, smoking prevalence at delivery ranged from 30.3 per cent in Blackpool PCT to 2.8 per cent in Brent PCT (Table 4).
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