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Tobacco Use During Pregnancy by Mother's Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2000 to 2022

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Why Is This Important?

Use of tobacco products during pregnancy is associated with poor birth outcomes.


Self-reported use of any tobacco product by the mother during pregnancy

Data Notes

This is revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective MCH-5. Tobacco use during pregnancy is self-reported and, thus, assumed to be under-reported to some degree. Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race. New York City did not report race and ethnicity for births to New Jersey residents that occurred in NYC prior to 2010. Therefore, data by race/ethnicity for 2000-2009 is not directly comparable to data for 2010 and later. 2014 and 2015 were transitional years in New Jersey birth data collection as the old Electronic Birth Certificate (EBC) system was retired and the new Vital Information Platform (VIP) was rolled out in hospitals across the state over a one year period from July 2014 through June 2015. Tobacco use is collected differently in the VIP than it was in the EBC and is not directly comparable between the old and the new system.

Data Source

Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health

How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Number of live births whose mothers used any tobacco product
  • Denominator:

    Total number of live births

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Indicator Data Last Updated On 04/09/2024, Published on 06/10/2024
Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360, e-mail: (