Smoking in pregnancy

Why this indicator is important

Encouraging and supporting women to quit who smoke during pregnancy is a key public health priority, even as the rate of smoking is steadily declining.1

About this indicator

This indicator relates to all women who gave birth in a NSW hospital or at home.

  • Between 2013 and 2017, the smoking rate for Aboriginal pregnant women fell from 46.6% to 42.4%. This rate remains considerably higher than for non-Aboriginal pregnant women.
  • From 2012 to 2017, the NSW smoking rate among all pregnant women fell from 10.4% to 8.8%. 

Note: These data were the latest available at the time they were extracted (June 2019). For the most recent population health data, visit HealthStats NSW.

Proportion of women who smoked during pregnancy, by population type, NSW, 2013–2017

Proportion of women who smoked during pregnancy, by population type, NSW, 2013–2017

N = Number of pregnant women, 2017

Notes:

  1. Data Source: NSW Perinatal Data Collection (sourced from HealthStats NSW, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health). Available at www.healthstats.nsw.gov.au (accessed June 2019).
  2. The data presented here include all pregnant women in NSW.

Reference:

  1. NSW Ministry of Health. NSW Tobacco Strategy 2012–to 2017. 2012. Available at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Publications/nsw-tobacco-strategy–2012.pdf (accessed 20 September 2018).