Smoking during pregnancy (PI11)

This indicator is the proportion of female Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over who gave birth within the previous 12 months and whose smoking status was recorded within the previous 12 months as:

  • current smoker
  • ex-smoker
  • never smoked.

It is collected for age groups:

  • 15–19
  • 20–24
  • 25–34
  • 35 and over.

Why not smoking during pregnancy is important?

Tobacco smoking is the smoking of tobacco products, including packet cigarettes, roll-your-own cigarettes, cigars or pipes.

Tobacco smoking during pregnancy is the most common preventable risk factor for pregnancy complications, and is associated with poorer perinatal outcomes, including low birthweight, being small for gestational age, pre-term birth and perinatal death (AIHW 2019a; AIHW 2019b). Women who stop smoking during pregnancy can reduce the risk of adverse outcomes for themselves and their babies.

Indigenous mothers are more likely to smoke during pregnancy than non-Indigenous mothers. However, the proportion of Indigenous mothers who smoke during pregnancy is decreasing (since 2010, when data first became atavailable) (AIHW 2019c).

At June 2019, 48% of Indigenous regular clients who gave birth in the previous 12 months were a current smoker in the previous 12 months.

Smoking during pregnancy, by reporting period

This Tableau visualisation shows the percentage of Indigenous regular clients who gave birth in the last year by their smoking status in the last year (current smoker, ex-smoker, never smoked) and reporting period (June 2017, December 2017, June 2018, December 2018 and June 2019).

Data supporting this visualisation are available in Excel supplementary data tables at Data.

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This was lowest in:

  • New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (combined) (44%)
  • Major cities (42%).

It was highest in:

  • the Northern Territory (52%)
  • Remote areas (53%).

Smoking during pregnancy, by either state/territory or remoteness, reporting period

Two Tableau visualisations are presented here. The first shows the percentage of Indigenous regular clients who gave birth in the last year by their smoking status in the last year (select for current smoker, ex-smoker, or never smoked) for either:

  • state/territory (NSW/ACT, Vic, Qld, WA, SA, Tas, NT, Australia)
  • remoteness area (Major cities, Inner regional, Outer regional, Remote, Very remote, Australia).

Reporting periods of either June 2017, December 2017, June 2018, December 2018 or June 2019 can be selected.

The second visualisation shows the selected information from the first visualisation by age group (15–19, 20–24, 25–34, 35+).

Data supporting this visualisation are available in Excel supplementary data tables at Data.

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References

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2019a. National Core Maternity Indicators: smoking during pregnancy. Cat. no. PER 95. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 16 March 2020.

AIHW 2019b. Australia’s mothers and babies 2017—in brief. Perinatal statistics series no. 35. Cat. no. PER 100. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 16 March 2020.

AIHW 2019c. Australia’s mothers and babies 2017—data visualisations. Cat. no. PER 101. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 16 March 2020.