New numbers reveal smoking during pregnancy may be on the decline in Colorado, but remains one of the leading causes of low birth weights in the state. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, smoking during pregnancy dropped from 11.6% to 8.7% over the past decade.
However, lighting up while expecting a child remains one of the leading preventable causes for women in Colorado delivering babies at a low birth weight, and babies born weighing too little are at increased risk of experiencing complications.
“Low birth weight can have a problem with feeding and with low blood sugar and just overall, that smoking and that low birth weight could even influence how smart a baby is when they grow up,” explained Dr. Patrice Whistler, a pediatrician in Grand Junction.
Between 2007 and 2009, one in 14 low weight births in Colorado was attributed to smoking, compared to nearly one in 8 between 1995 and 1997.
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