Last Updated: July 2015
Author: Division of Maternal and Child Health, Vermont Department of Health
The most recent available data shows that 82% of Vermont women who had a baby in 2013 (preliminary) abstained from smoking during pregnancy.This is well below the HP2020 2007 baseline of 89.6% and the HP 2020 goal of 98.6%. Considerable disparities based on socio-economic status remain, with women in lower socio-economic categories having, on average, higher rates of smoking prior to pregnancy and lower quit rates during pregnancy.While the trend on this curve is in a positive direction, the rate of improvement is very slow.
Policy factors influencing the curve include policies that have an impact on smoking rates in the general population, especially those that decrease smoking initiation among young women. For information on these policies, see the Tobacco Use Dashboard.
Policy factors that have an impact on smoking cessation during pregnancy include:
- Removal of cost barriers for cessation services during pregnancy
- Additional resources for pregnant women through 802Quits
Efforts undertaken to address smoking cessation in pregnancy
- 2013-2015 –Tobacco and WIC programs collaborate through training, technical assistance, and data sharing to improve smoking cessation referrals for pregnant smokers
- 2013-2015 – Tobacco program provides trainings and presentations with external stakeholders to promote cessation counseling and referral skills to 802Quits for women of child bearing age and pregnant smokers
- 2014-2015 – District Office Agency Improvement Model project to increase the number of pregnant women referred to smoking cessation who enroll in cessation services
- 2014-2015 – Tobacco program airs CDC Tips ad related to dangers of smoking while pregnant, web banner ads promoting the new 802Quits pregnancy page, and supporting printed materials for stakeholders who work with women of child bearing age including pregnant smokers