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Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery, England - Quarter 3, 2017-18

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Publication Date:
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Geographical Granularity:
Integrated Care Systems, Clinical Commissioning Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2017 to 31 Dec 2017


This report presents the latest results and trends from the women's smoking status at time of delivery (SATOD) data collection in England. A new interactive tool has been published which allows users to select and view information for individual Clinical Commissioning Groups. This is available at the link below. These provisional results provide a measure of the prevalence of smoking among pregnant women at Commissioning Region, Region, Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and Clinical Commissioning Group level. Finalised results will be published in July 2018.

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).

Error Notification  

On 10/05/2018, NHS Digital identified an error in a small number of confidence intervals for the percentage of women smoking at the time of delivery in this report.  The confidence intervals were incorrect for:

The year to date national figure in table 1.

The England total and the four regional totals in table 2b.

The England total and the four regional totals in table 3.

As the report contains provisional data, the errors will be corrected in the Q4 report which will be published on 3 July 2018 and will contain final data for 2017/18 Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4. 

NHS Digital apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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  • 10.8 per cent of pregnant women were known to be smokers at the time of delivery. This compares to 11.0 per cent for the previous quarter (quarter 2, 2017/18).
  • The CCGs with the lowest proportion of women known to be smokers at time of delivery were NHS Wokingham (1.6 per cent), NHS Camden (2.4 per cent) and NHS Hammersmith and Fulham (2.4 per cent).
  • The CCGs with the highest proportions were NHS Blackpool (27.8 per cent), NHS South Kent Coast (23.1 per cent) and NHS South Tyneside (21.7 per cent).
  • 34 out of 207 CCGs met the new national ambition of 6 per cent or less.



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