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Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery - England, Quarter 4, 2012-13

Publication date: 09:30 June 13, 2013


This report presents the latest results and trends from the women's smoking status at time of delivery (SATOD) data collection in England.  It includes new figures for the fourth quarter of 2012/13.


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.


Reports in the series prior to 2011/12 quarter 3 are available from the Department of Health website (external).

Key Facts

In England in 2012/13:


· The percentage of mothers smoking at delivery was 12.7 per cent, lower than 2011/12 (13.2 per cent), 2010/11 (13.5 per cent) and 2009/10 (14.0 per cent) (Table 1).


· Amongst all Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs), this varied from 19.7 per cent in the North East SHA to 5.7 per cent in London SHA (Table 5).


· Amongst the 147 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) that passed validation, smoking prevalence at delivery ranged from 30.8 per cent in Blackpool PCT to 2.3 per cent in Westminster PCT (Table 5).


Date Range: 01 April 2012 to 31 March 2013
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Primary Care Trusts

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