Indicator 5.9 Women who smoked during pregnancy
In 2018, 44% of Indigenous mothers smoked at any time during their pregnancy. A higher proportion of Indigenous mothers had smoked tobacco during their pregnancy than non-Indigenous mothers (age-standardised percentages 45% and 11%, respectively).
Since 2010, the age-standardised proportion of Indigenous mothers who smoked at any time during their pregnancy, decreased slightly from 48% to 45% in 2018. Between 2010 and 2018, the age-standardised proportion of non-Indigenous mothers who smoked at any time during their pregnancy also decreased slightly from 15% to 11% (Fig 5.9.1).
In 2018, proportions who smoked at any time during their pregnancy were highest among Indigenous mothers living in Remote and Very remote areas—60% of mothers in Very remote and 50% in Remote areas, compared with 38% of those living in Major cities (Figure 5.9.2).
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5.9 Women who smoked during pregnancy, by Indigenous status, maternal age and stage of pregnancy, 2011–2018 and by selected population group, 2018