GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The number of women smoke while pregnant has increased across the state, a report released Thursday shows.
The Michigan League for Public Policy’s annual report on maternal and child health shows that the number of women smoking while pregnant increased 18 percent between 2008 and 2014.
In Muskegon County, that figure was 149 percent. It was 74 percent in Kalamazoo, 30 percent in Battle Creek and 15 percent in the Grand Rapids area.
The Michigan League for Public Policy says education is key with getting women to quit smoking while pregnant.
The same reports shows the number of preterm births also went up from 10.1 percent to 12.2 percent of births between 2006 and 2014.
The report also had good news: There was a 30 percent rate decrease in the number of births to women under age 20 across the state, a 10 percent decrease in repeat teen births, and a 21 percent rate decrease in births to mothers with no high school diploma or GED.