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Study shows increase of pregnant smokers in Michigan

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MICHIGAN, (WNEM) -

Many health experts believe smoking is one of the more harmful practices a woman can do while pregnant with her child.

Despite that, a new report found there seems to be an increase of pregnant smokers in Michigan.

According to a study done by the Michigan League of Public Policy, between 2008 and 2014 the rate of women who smoked while pregnant rose by 18 percent.

Broken down by race, it shows the rate increased the most for Hispanic women, followed by white woman, and then African American women.

Smoking while pregnant is associated with premature births.

During the four-year period, there was a 20 percent increase in the rate of premature births statewide.

Authors of the study believe these increases may be due to a lower budget to help mothers quit the habit.

In the 2017 state budget, funds dedicated to smoking prevention initiatives are down 34 percent compared to 2008.

In Mid-Michigan, Iosco County has the highest rate of pregnant smokers, while Huron County has the lowest.

To read the State News Release, click here

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