WPR News
6:45 am
Mon August 11, 2008

Wyoming Women Continue to Smoke During Pregnancy

Laramie, Wyo. – Wyoming continues to have a high percentage of women who smoke during pregnancy.

That's according to the latest kids count data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The foundation's William O'Hare says Wyoming has the second-worst rate for smoking during pregnancy in the country, even though the rate has decreased in recent years.

"It's been going down in most states, so the fact that it's going down in Wyoming is good, but you see that the rate in Wyoming is almost twice as high as the national rate in terms of women who smoke during pregnancy, so that's certainly not a good sign," O'Hare said.

The foundation's latest numbers are from 2005. They show that about 19 percent of Wyoming women smoked during pregnancy. That's down from almost 22 percent four years earlier.