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May 10, 2012 White women who are pregnant are more likely to smoke cigarettes than African-American or Hispanic mothers-to-be, a new government report shows. The study found that pregnant white women had high rates of cigarette smoking at 21.8% compared with 14.2% among African-American women and 6.5% among Hispanic women. The report, which was done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, did not include how much or how often the women smoked. Research has shown that babies born to moms who smoke in pregnancy are more likely to be born prematurely, have birth defects, and/or have a low birth weight. Nicotine and other chemicals can get passed along to the growing fetus and cause harm. Smoking also raises a woman’s odds for miscarriage or stillbirth.
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