Middlesex County Public Health Profile Report
Tobacco Use During Pregnancy: Percentage of Live Births, 2020
Middlesex1.8% 95% Confidence IntervalNADescription of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
State2.5% U.S.5.5%NA=Data not available.
Middlesex Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
Why Is This Important?Use of tobacco products during pregnancy is associated with poor birth outcomes.
How Are We Doing?Tobacco use during pregnancy increases the likelihood of delivering preterm (< 37 weeks gestation) and at low birth weight (< 2500 g). Tobacco use during pregnancy is much more prevalent in southernmost New Jersey than in the rest of the state. It is also much more likely among Black and White women than among Asian and Hispanic women. The original and the more stringent revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 targets were achieved by all racial/ethnic groups.
What Is Being Done?[http://momsquit.com/ Mom's Quit Connection] (MQC) helps pregnant and postpartum women as well as their families by providing free, one-on-one counseling for those who want to quit smoking to protect their children from exposure to harmful tobacco smoke. MQC is a program of Family Health Initiatives funded by the NJ Department of Health.
Healthy People Objective MICH-11.3:Increase abstinence from alcohol, cigarettes, and illicit drugs among pregnant women: Cigarette smoking
U.S. Target: 98.6 percent
- Cigarette Use among High School Students
- Tobacco Use among High School Students
- Cigarette Smoking Among Adults
Health Status Outcomes:
NoteTobacco use during pregnancy is self-reported and, thus, assumed to be under-reported to some degree.
Data SourcesBirth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
Measure Description for Tobacco Use During Pregnancy
Definition: Self-reported use of any tobacco product by the mother during pregnancy
Numerator: Number of live births whose mothers used any tobacco product
Denominator: Total number of live births