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Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery, England - Quarter 3, 2014-15

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Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups
Date Range:
01 Oct 2014 to 31 Dec 2014


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 third quarter of 2014-15.

The results provide a measure of the prevalence of smoking among pregnant women at Commissioning Region, Area Team and Clinical Commissioning Group level. This supplements the national information available from the Infant Feeding Survey (IFS).

Smoking during pregnancy can cause serious pregnancy-related health problems. These include complications during labour and an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, low birth-weight and sudden unexpected death in infancy.

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

Key Facts

In England, Quarter 3 of 2014-15 

  • 11.4 per cent of pregnant women were known to be smokers at the time of delivery, this is similar to 11.5 per cent for the most recent quarter (quarter 2, 2014-15) but lower than 12.0 per cent last year (2013-14).
  • Amongst all Area Teams, this varied from 19.5 per cent in Durham, Darlington and Tees to 5.0 per cent in London.
  • Amongst the 211 Clinical Commissioning Groups, smoking prevalence at delivery ranged from 26.3 per cent in NHS Scarborough and Ryedale to 1.8 per cent in NHS Tower Hamletsa.
  • There were 153,884 maternities, these cannot be compared with earlier periods due to under reporting of the number of maternities at Clinical Commissioning Group levelb.


a The figure for NHS Norwich was actually lower at 0.0 per cent but no data has been submitted by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital which has resulted in a reduction in the number of maternities for NHS Norwich (569 for Q2 to 7 for Q3). These numbers should therefore be viewed with caution.

b The number of maternities has reduced due to incomplete data submissions from 7 CCGs (NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, NHS East and North Hertfordshire, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk, NHS North Norfolk, NHS Norwich, NHS South Norfolk and NHS West Suffolk). Caution should be used when making comparisons with earlier periods.


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