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 2014 and 2018, the smoking rate for Aboriginal pregnant women fell from 45.2% to 43.2%.

  • This rate remains considerably higher than for non-Aboriginal pregnant women.

Note: These data were the latest available at the time they were extracted (August 2020). For the most recent population health data, visit HealthStats NSW.

Proportion of women who smoked during pregnancy, by Aboriginality, NSW, 2014–2018

N = Number of pregnant women, 2018.


  1. Data Source: NSW Perinatal Data Collection (sourced from HealthStats NSW, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health). Available at (accessed August 2020).


  1. NSW Ministry of Health. NSW Tobacco Strategy 2012–to 2017. 2012. Available at–2012.pdf (accessed 20 September 2018).