Smoking while pregnant is dangerous for both the mother and the baby. The risks include birth defects, premature birth and other complications during pregnancy.
Over the past 25 years, premature births have been identified as the leading cause of infant deaths in Cuyahoga County.
A 2018 study showed that women in Cuyahoga County who reported smoking during pregnancy were 70% more likely to have a preterm birth than women who did not report smoking during pregnancy.
Black non-Hispanic and white non-Hispanic pregnant women who reported smoking during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have a very preterm birth, meaning the baby was born at less than 32 weeks instead of a full term of 37 or more weeks.
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