EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – One in every nine women smoke while pregnant. That's according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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A recent report shows more than 11% of pregnant Wisconsin women smoked in 2016. While this is a decrease from previous years, Wisconsin still ranks higher than the national average of 7%.
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department says the maternal smoking rate is higher in Eau Claire than the rest of the state and the health risks are high.
"Smoking increases the risk of premature birth or miscarriage and then when the baby is born, being exposed increases the risk of SIDS," says Patricia Reis, Public Health Nurse with Eau Claire City-County Health Department. The health department says it offers resources for maternal smokers. The First Breath Program provides support to women who wish to quit smoking.