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Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery, England - Quarter 4, 2014-15

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Clinical Commissioning Groups, Clinical Commissioning Regions, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships
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01 Apr 2014 to 31 Mar 2015


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 2014-15 as well as annual figures.

The results provide a measure of the prevalence of smoking among pregnant women at Commissioning Region, Area Team and Clinical Commissioning Group level.

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).


In England, 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015

  • 11.4a per cent of mothers were recorded as smokers at the time of delivery for 2014/15, which is lower than 2013/14 (12.0 per cent) and continues the steady year-on-year decline in the percentage of women smoking at the time of delivery from 15.1 per cent in 2006/07.
  • The smoking prevalence varied amongst the Area teams from 4.9 per cent in London to 19.9 per cent in Durham, Darlington and Tees.
  • The smoking prevalence varied amongst Clinical Commissioning Groups from 2.1 per cent in NHS Central London (Westminster) to 27.2 per cent in NHS Blackpool.
  • 90 (43 per cent) of the 211 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) had estimates meeting the national ambition of 11 per cent or less women smoking at the time of delivery.
  • Of the four Commissioning Regions, London had all 32 of its CCGs; South of England had 28 of its 50 CCGs; Midlands and East of England had 20 of its 61 CCGs and the North of England 10 of its 68 CCGs meeting the national ambition by the end of March 2015.


a Smoking status is unknown for some maternities and therefore caution should be used when making comparisons with earlier periods and between CCGs. At a national level, the number of maternities with an unknown smoking status represented 3.0 per cent of all maternities in 2014/15 compared to 1.4 per cent in 2013/14. The proportion of unknowns at CCG level is more evident and exceeded 10 per cent in 15 CCGs in 2014/15.


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