Study: 25 percent of pregnant W.Va. women smoke

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 18, 2014 at 12:20 a.m.



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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 25 percent of pregnant women in West Virginia from 2008 to 2011 said they smoked during their pregnancy.

Federal data and a state health organization say pregnant West Virginia women continue to smoke at the highest recorded rates in the nation.

The Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/1s7dZVs) reports that West Virginia Kids Count released the data this week. Kids Count is a nonprofit organization that advocates for children.

The organization cites information collected by the state. Information collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the problem could be even more pervasive in West Virginia.

In every year but one from 2000 to 2011, more than a quarter of West Virginia mothers surveyed said they smoked in the last three months of their pregnancy.

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Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, http://www.charlestondailymail.com

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