Notes on the data: Mothers and babies

Women who reported smoking during a pregnancy, 2012 to 2014


Policy context:  Maternal smoking during pregnancy results in higher risks of adverse outcomes for the baby before and after delivery, such as premature birth, miscarriage and perinatal death, poor intra-uterine growth and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). These problems may affect children through to adulthood, including a higher risk of disability and developmental delay, decreased lung function and increased respiratory illness. In 2006, smoking during pregnancy was more prevalent and heavier among Aboriginal women, with 54% smoking at the first antenatal visit compared with 17% of non-Aboriginal women in South Australia [1].


  1. Chan A, Scott J, Nguyen A-M, Sage L. Pregnancy outcome in South Australia 2006. Adelaide: Pregnancy Outcome Unit, South Australian Department of Health; 2007.

Notes:  Note that the data may include women who were pregnant more than once during the time period.


Geography: Data available by Population Health Area, Local Government Area, Primary Health Network, Quintiles and Remoteness Areas

Numerator:  Women who reported that they smoked during a pregnancy (data over 3 years)


Denominator:  Number of pregnancies (data over 3 years)


Detail of analysis:  Per cent


Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on data from: the NSW Department of Health; Victorian Perinatal Data Collection; Perinatal Data Collection, Department of Health, Queensland; SA Health; WA Department of Health; the Tasmanian Perinatal Database; NT Department of Health and Families and Health Directorate, ACT Government.


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